To the Editor, Ming Pao
I was shocked to read Mr Martin Lee’s article in Ming Pao (D5) today, which accuses Ming Pao of being biassed in its reporting of the Chief Executive election. Below is my response to his article, which could you please feel free to forward to Mr Lee if you find it approrpiate:
To Mr Martin Lee
Dear Mr Lee
I was shocked to read your article in Ming Pao today (page D5), in which you accuse Ming Pao of relegating to a ‘fighter’ for Mr CY Leung. I have been following the press closely recently in their reporting of the Chief Executive election, and have found that among the newspapers in Hong Kong, Ming Pao is in fact the most impartial in reporting all news related to the election. If you have followed other newspapers, you will easily see that every news story they carry is almost like an editorial, in which they unashamedly stand up for one particular candidate.
You catgorically accuse Ming Pao of toeing the line of leftist newspapers. First, I don’t see any evidence of Ming Pao following the position of leftist newspapers. Second, I actually wonder whether you ever read the leftist newspapers, since you are saying that these papers explicitly stand up for Mr CY Leung.
In fact, the claims you made in your second last paragraph are bordering on libel. You might personally believe that Mr Leung is an underground communist party member. But please don’t preface it with ‘Everyone knows that ….”. I am not interested in whether Mr Leung is a communist party member, but all I know is that it is not as you said that ‘everyone knows’ that he is. If everyone knew that already, would he get the support that he has today?
Throughout the article, you make a lot of allegations against Ming Pao and Mr Leung. You might personally feel that way, which I respect, but to make such allegations without referring to any actual examples or evidence is tantamount to libel. This is also a disgrace to your legal training.
It is absolutely fine that you don’t find Mr Leung the right person to be the next Chief Executive. But what readers want to see is objective analysis and discussion, not subjective defamation. Your article in Ming Pao today is completely disappointing.
A reader of Ming Pao