“Listen to the People, Speak Like a Human Being” - Petition from Teachers, Staff, Students and Alumni of the School of Journalism and Communication of The Chinese University of Hong Kong
31 July 2019
To Chief Executive Carrie Lam,
We are a group of teachers, staff, students and alumni of the School of Journalism and Communication of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. We have always firmly believed in the importance of freedom of speech. We always adhered to professional values and shouldered social responsibility. We are deeply dissatisfied and distressed by how the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Hong Kong Police Force have been handling the Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill movement since June.
We have seen the Police repeatedly target the press and obstruct journalists from carrying out their duties, through means not only limited to verbal insults, but also by violently assaulting journalists, severely damaging the media’s right to report and the public’s right to know. Freedom of the press and of speech in Hong Kong are now in unprecedented peril.
Ever since the controversy over the Extradition Bill amendment began, people from all walks of life, social roles and age groups have been using various ways to voice out their care for our society and to appeal to the government, yet the people’s demands have been met with neglect and unresponsiveness by the government you lead. Millions of Hongkongers have taken to the streets, a number of people have even remonstrated by means of death, and a large number of protesters, including youngsters still in school, have been charged with criminal offences. We are greatly concerned negativity is shrouding the city and voices of opposition are heard from all walks of life. We are therefore making a solemn declaration to Chief Executive Carrie Lam to put a stop to any further deterioration of the circumstances. We urge you to:
1. Withdraw immediately the Fugitives Offenders Legislation (Amendment) Bill
2. Establish an independent commission of inquiry to thoroughly probe the Police’s abuse of power and violence
3. Request the Police not to obstruct or hinder journalists’ reporting work, and halt all verbal and physical violence targeting journalists
4. Pledge openly to respect and uphold freedom of the press, and call on all departments to assist the work of journalists to the best of their ability
5. Implement dual universal suffrage
Teachers, staff, students and alumni of the School of Journalism and Communication of The Chinese University of Hong Kong