POP Express Vol. 13 From the Editor - The Death of Princess Diana and the News MediaBack

September 1997

The death of Princess Diana has touched the soul of millions of British people, while at the same time raised the issue of whether tracking methods should be used in reporting news. According to our latest surveys, only one-quarter of Hong Kong people approved such methods.


A sizable 44%, however, believed Hong Kong media practised self-censorship, 68% believed the media were reluctant to criticize China. Such a high expectation on the media, coupled with a large market for low grade reporting, reflects yet another double standard of the Hong Kong public.


October is now at the doorstep, the national day problem and the Fifteenth Chinese Communist Party Congress are all headlines. Timely data could be found in this issue of POP EXPRESS.


Chung Ting-yiu Robert