Save RTHK! 愛香港、撐港台! sign now

This petition is bilingual and has both an English and a Chinese version. Both are listed below.

本聯署有以下中英文版本各一。

中文版:

我們堅決反對公共廣播服務檢討報告在沒有提出充份理據的情況下,把香港電台拒之於建議成立的香港公共廣播機構門外,抹殺了港台多年來實質而深受香港市民歡迎的公共廣播服務的往績。該建議極其草率,亦不負責任。
公共廣播服務檢討委員會先說它的職權範圍不涉及港台去向,但其後又斷言香港電台不宜轉為新的公共廣播機構,這種前後矛盾的說法,不能接受。
我們要求將香港電台脫離政府部門行列,讓它藉此機會轉化成為真正獨立的法定公共廣播機構。港台近年在強大的政治壓力下,有個別的自我審查現象,但我們相信一個脫離政府後的港台可以成為理想的公共廣播機構。相對而言,一個由特首委任的新公共廣播公司毫不獨立,難以取得公眾信心。
我們憂慮當局藉檢討公共廣播為名,箝制傳媒。香港電台一向被視為香港新聞自由的寒暑表,港台的去向在市民及國際間引起關注,我們促請香港政府以謹慎的態度來探討港台的去向。

English version:

We strongly oppose the recommendation made by the Report on Review of Public Service Broadcasting in Hong Kong, which excludes, without solid reasons, the option of letting Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) be transformed into the future public broadcaster. The recommendation ignores the fact that RTHK has been a de facto, and highly respected, public broadcaster in Hong Kong for many years. We think this recommendation is reckless and irresponsible.
We cannot accept the contradictory conclusion made by the Committee on Review of Public Service Broadcasting. On one hand, the Committee says discussing the future of RTHK is beyond its terms of reference; yet on the other it says it does not favour the transformation of RTHK into a public broadcaster.
We demand that RTHK be de-linked from the government structure and that it be transformed into a truly independent public broadcaster. There have been a few cases in recent years of self-censorship at RTHK under undue political pressure. We believe, however, that once de-linked from the government structure, RTHK can become a genuine and successful public broadcaster. Meanwhile, a totally new Hong Kong Public Broadcasting Corporation, whose board members are to be appointed by the Chief Executive, lacks any established public trust.
We are concerned that this exercise of reviewing the future of public broadcasting could be a pretext for curtailing press freedom in Hong Kong. RTHK has long been regarded as a barometer of press freedom in Hong Kong, and its future has always been carefully watched by Hong Kong people and the international community. We urge the Hong Kong Government to act prudently in any actions regarding the future of RTHK.

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