Crisis (危機) part 2: Blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng (陳光誠) and the Chinese dark cloud of lawlessness

May 2, 2012

Yesterday I posted “Crisis (危機): Will blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng (陳光誠) break through Chinese dark cloud of lawlessness?

Today, after reading “CNN Transcript: Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng” I realized I was so wrong and wrote the following.

This is a horrible turn of event in the words of Chinese blind activist lawyer Chen Guangcheng and his wife Yuan Weijing. Reading Chen saying “(My wife) was tied to a chair by police for two days. Then they carried sticks to our home, threatening to beat her to death. Now they have moved into the house” breaks my heart and makes me realize I was wrong in thinking that Chen could and would want to stay in China.
The world is watching how the US and Chinese governments will behave tomorrow and in the next few days. I am sadly pessimistic.

I know Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be in China Thursday (“is already”? because of time difference). All eyes will now be on Secretary Clinton and President Obama’s actions. At the moment, I am sadly pessimistic.

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TVB,盛女愛作戰百萬觀眾,及狗仔隊 – 他媽的

April 26, 2012

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我知道掀起全香港熱話的 “盛女愛作戰” Bride Wannabes (十集 YouTube) 已經有很多坊間迴響與批評,英文虎報的文章“Hitched to a star”亦有很詳細報導。所以我亦不重複這些觀點,而只想與 TVB電視台及節目製作人,《盛女愛作戰》的上百萬電視觀眾,及狗仔隊分享幾句話。

我不知道怎樣可以有禮貌地批評,所以讓我借喜劇創作者 Ricky Gervais 在 Extras 批評  reality TV (真人實境秀), 電視觀眾, 和paparazzi (狗仔隊)的說話。

  1.  And fuck you, the makers of this show, as well!  [他媽的電視節目製作人/公司“, 
  2. And fuck you for watching this at home.  [他媽的家庭電視觀眾]”,
  3. You’re literally the gutter press. [你們根本就是坑渠記者。]

以下是 Ricky Gervais 在 Extras 的批評摘錄(及短片),

They [paparazzi (狗仔隊)] follow us round, and that makes people think we’re important, and that makes us think we’re important. […] If they stopped following us round taking pictures of us, people wouldn’t […] care, they’d get on with something else! They’d get on with their lives. You open the paper, and you see a picture of Lindsay Lohan getting out of a car, and the headline is, “Cover up, Lindsay, we can see your knickers!” Course you can see her knickers [底褲]; your photographer is lying in the road, pointing his camera up her dress, to see her knickers! You’re literally the gutter press. [你們根本就是坑渠記者。] [loudly, into his microphone]

And fuck you, the makers of this show, as well!  [他媽的電視節目製作人/公司You can’t wash your hands of this, you can’t keep going, “Oh, it’s exploitation but it’s what the public want!” No! [Maggie watches openmouthed] The Victorian freak show never went away. Now it’s called Big Brother. Or The X Factor, where in the preliminary rounds, we wheel out the bewildered to be sniggered at by multi-millionaires. And fuck you for watching this at home.  [他媽的家庭電視觀眾] [Gestures to the cameras] Shame on you. And shame on me. I’m the worst of all, ’cause I’m one of these people that goes, “Oh, I’m an entertainer. It’s in my blood.” Yeah, it’s in my blood ’cause a real job’s too hard. I would’ve loved to’ve been a doctor; Too hard, didn’t want to put the work in. Love to be a war hero; I’m too scared.”

Amazing Scene From Extras Christmas Special

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蘋果日報 他媽的筆調 – 為陳冉說一句話

April 22, 2012

I don’t like 梁振英 CY at all and I don’t know 陳冉 and haven’t met her. But I am f*cking sick and tired of the cheap shots Apple Daily fired at anything/anyone related to 梁振英 CY.

By my standard, Apple Daily reporters should be so ashamed of what they are printing in their newspapers everyday and stop accepting the Annual Human Rights Press Awards, stop printing self-congratulating articles like “《蘋果》奪 11項人權新聞獎“.

Congrats Apple Daily, your cheap shots have sunk you lower than CY 梁振英.

A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.” – Arthur Miller

A f*cked newspaper, I suppose, is a nation pissing on everything that moves.” – Kempton

梁家班女共青殺入政府

【本報訊】中共黨員搖籃「共青團」的成員殺入候任特首辦,更可能過渡加入新政府。候任特首梁振英委任陳冉(粵音:染)擔任候任特首辦項目主任,並於上周履新。本報發現,陳並非香港永久居民,獲政府罕有地豁免,才能加入梁振英「大內總管」班底。有內地「官二代」背景的陳冉承認,中學時曾加入共青團,但否認是中共黨員。學者及公務員團體擔心此例一開,一國兩制蕩然無存。記者:黎穎詩、白琳、林偉聰

[…] 本報記者昨在梁振英答謝會上向陳冉求證。她承認居港六年九個月,尚有三個月就成為永久居民。 […]

And the video clip is just absolutely cheap and insulting.

舊人爆料 日日打扮得花枝招展

無論是她的舊同學抑或舊同事,陳冉給人最深刻的人印象,原來是天天打扮得「花枝招展」。有曾與她共事的《南華早報》舊同事引述,來自內地的陳冉曾經自稱有軍方背景,又曾在軍校讀書,更有指其父親是內地省級公務員,但陳冉否認此說,自稱父親屬「低級」官員。
陳冉曾在 08年於港大修讀金融系碩士。據其舊同學稱,陳冉甚少上堂、也甚少參加同學活動,因此不少同學對她認識不深,「最深印象都係佢成日扮到好靚,成好多同學嘅話題」。

指父親是「低級」官員
曾與她在《南早》共事的人也指,陳冉每天上班也穿得一絲不苟、渾身名牌,相信她家境「非富則貴」。有人更聽聞其父親是內地高幹,令這位富二代衣食無憂,更有指她曾向同事表明,到《南早》任職並非求財,「幾低人工都唔緊要」,疑似「賺錢買花戴」。
但陳冉回應時卻堅稱,家在上海的她來自普通家庭,父親是普通公務員、較市級和省級官員更「低」級;但被問及父親工作詳情,她只稱「我都唔係好識」。原在清華大學修讀新聞系的她稱來港是「想幫香港做番啲嘢」。
自稱來自普通家庭的她,卻在被視為「太子黨」俱樂部的華菁會擔任秘書長。華菁會其中一位副主席,便是前國務院港澳辦公室副主任陳佐洱女兒陳晴,最巧合的是梁振英則擔任此會的榮譽贊助人。
《蘋果》記者



蘋果日報 上得山多

January 18, 2012

剛看完由Paul NewmanSally Field主演,以報紙記者報導新聞為中心的電影”Absence of Malice“。看完之後便即時想到將這套發人心醒的電影向蘋果日報老板黎智英、蘋果老編及蘋果記者們推介。

其中一段由助理檢察長James A. Wells對報紙記者Megan Carter說的話令我印象特別深刻,

You know and I know that we can’t tell you what to print or what not to. We hope you people in the press will act responsibly, but when you don’t, there ain’t a hell lot anybody can do about it. But we can’t have people going around leaking stuff for their own reasons. It ain’t legal. And worse than that, by God, it ain’t right.

黎智英、老編、及記者們,希望你們在新的一年有多些自省的能力。上得山多终遇虎,怕的不是你們不理別人死活的報導錯了被罰錢。怕的是你們的報導令到無辜的受害者人死不能復生!

希望蘋果各人龍年身體健康,工作順利,做回有承檐及有道德的新聞工作者。

以下是一些我以”痛心疾首”作為分類的文章:

* “20120103 – 等待變性 雄警出更 短裙落更 – 蘋果日報記者 黃學潤、馮樂琳 喪盡天良

* “我的名字叫鄺嘉豪、陳詠妍 – ‪蘋果延伸‬ “‪你死你事‬”、”仗義欺寧弱小”‪精神

* “恭喜蘋果日報記者楊家樂 以 “街頭與女子擦身而過 狀元醫生涉揸胸” 勇奪 “新聞自由 你死你事” 大獎

* “痛心疾首 – 16歲女 爬幼繩逃家 繩斷墮樓 生日跌死 20110927 – 蘋果日報

Jan 18, 2012 10:52pm update:

Thanks to a friend asking how to I think of “HKJA Objects Criminalising Stalking“. I wrote the following reply.

Thanks for the interesting questions you posted. I am not a lawyer (in Canada, HK or anyway else) but after reading Hong Kong Journalists Association’s (HKJA) statement “HKJA Objects Criminalising Stalking“, I think they have provided a well reasoned analysis. I especially found the UK’s experience with “Protection from Harassment Act” (1997) very troubling and should serve as a great warning of the potential negative “unintended consequences” if similar laws are enacted in HK (or anywhere else).

Fundamental principle like “innocent until proven guilty” rightfully put the burden of proof in the hands of the state which has unlimited power and resources to prosecute. It will be a hellish world if we have “guilty until proven innocent” because the state will have a much easier time in destroying someone’s life.

In the multiple posts I linked in “蘋果日報 上得山多”, I condemned the reports by Apple Daily. At the same time, I see no choice but to defend their freedom of press just the same.

Take the case mentioned in my post “我的名字叫鄺嘉豪、陳詠妍 – ‪蘋果延伸‬ “‪你死你事‬”、”仗義欺寧弱小”‪精神“. On the surface, there is nothing wrong with reporting a court case. Nothing wrong with reporting names of parties in an open court case. Nothing wrong with filming someone on a public street. So any legislative means that is powerful enough to “solve” the problem of _*it doesn’t serve public interest to humiliate these two young people who made mistakes and already punished accordingly under the law*_ will almost certainly cause major unintended consequences that will severely impaired the press’ rightful ability to report important on major court cases. So even I asked, “我想知道,蘋果從‬何時開始得到‪凌駕於三權‬(行政,立法,司法)‪之上的蘋果公審/羞恥權?” At the end of the day, it is really up to 蘋果 itself to have a much better moral compass, and/or HK readers/citizens starting to put pressure and challenge 蘋果 to stop reports that serve little public interest.


20120103 – 等待變性 雄警出更 短裙落更 – 蘋果日報記者 黃學潤、馮樂琳 喪盡天良

January 2, 2012

For the record. It is probably fair to use the word “喪盡天良” to describe 蘋果日報記者 黃學潤、馮樂琳  for their reporting of  20120103 – 等待變性 雄警出更 短裙落更. While I will defend freedom of press, Apple Daily has proved to me again and again that I am often sick of many of its reporters, in this case, 黃學潤 & 馮樂琳, and its editorial team.

If I were to meet 黃學潤, 馮樂琳, or Apple Daily’s editors, I want to ask them this question:

How could you fucking idiots justify exposing a citizen’s private life?  How do you idiots justify voyeurism masquerading as “news”?

This is not my first complain of Apple Daily’s reports. Click to see my “痛心疾首” series of articles for more.


痛心疾首 – 16歲女 爬幼繩逃家 繩斷墮樓 生日跌死 20110927 – 蘋果日報

September 26, 2011

“新聞事實”本身是沒有對或錯的。可惜的是蘋果日報今天的報導,一次令我痛心疾首至不能以我平常”半開玩笑諷刺”的方式來評論蘋果日報今天的報導。蘋果的各級主管及老板Jimmy等人,真的可以沒有良知,將人死這嚴肅的事,漫畫和動畫化嗎?死者家人及朋友的感受,蘋果日報真的可以完全不理會嗎?真的是“蘋果新聞自由 你死你事”嗎?

There is no “right” or “wrong” in news. The way Apple Daily‘s editorial team decided to report on the death of a girl on her sweet 16th birthday, once again just made me sick. How could Apple Daily justify turning the report of a death to comic strip and animation? Packaged like a piece of drama or entertainment news?! To the senior executives of Apple Daily and majority owner Jimmy Lai, do you have no sense of moral in you heads?

Apple Daily's report of a a girl's death on her 16th birthday (a)Apple Daily's report of a a girl's death on her 16th birthday (b)

Apple Daily's report of a a girl's death on her 16th birthday (c)Apple Daily's report of a a girl's death on her 16th birthday (d)

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16歲女爬幼繩逃家 繩斷墮樓 生日跌死 – 2011年09月27日

【本報訊】生日變死忌!成績優異 16歲中四領袖女生,曾因出街問題與家長爭吵,昨日凌晨剛踏入生辰,麥當勞兼職下班返回九龍城道寓所後,要求再到網吧打機兼慶祝生日,被母親拒絕再起爭拗。少女返回房間鎖門,企圖攀爬一條幼小尼龍繩逃家時,繩索不勝負荷斷裂,少女撞爛 3樓外牆晾衣架直墮地下慘死。記者:伍浦鋒、簡明恩、劉柏麟
開心小師妹 生日繩斷魂斷

墮樓身亡少女洪愷蔚,同學暱稱「洪愷」,與家人同住土瓜灣九龍城道 21號 4樓,就讀農圃道新亞中學中四 B班,晚間到麥當勞兼職。愷蔚農曆生日為乙亥年閏八月初二,即 1995年 9月 26日,生肖屬豬,昨日剛滿 16歲,卻不幸墮樓身亡。

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洪愷蔚好友在微博上寫道:「想不到你就這樣離開我們了…今天還是你生日呢,你怎麼那麼傻就離開了?我們想念你。」友人更帖上一張美少女照片。

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愷蔚送院搶救不治。李家傑攝

學長形容「開心小師妹」
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親友帶備少女生前愛吃的壽司進行路祭。

愷蔚朋友已在 facebook成立「為洪同學報上深切的哀悼及祝福」群組,勉勵大家不要再為事件傷心,將一切傷痛轉化為學習推動力。多位同學、師兄妹留言,祝福愷蔚一路好走,有人更建議「聽日(今日)早上打鐘後集隊時間為佢默哀三分鐘」。有學長形容愷蔚「係一位成日笑……好開心……好活潑嘅小師妹」。
據悉,昨日凌晨零時許,愷蔚兼職下班後返家,至昨日凌晨 4時許要求到網吧打機兼慶祝生日,但被母親拒絕。愷蔚其後返回睡房鎖上門,豈料個多小時後即發生墮樓慘劇。
清晨近六時,有街坊晨運返家,聽聞重物墮地巨響,走近查看赫見愷蔚倒在寓所樓下。她被發現時穿白底紅花紋 T恤,深色外套及長褲等便服,面朝天躺在樓下路邊,頭面染血奄奄一息。一條估計數十呎長綠色尼龍繩(俗稱尼龍草)叠在腰腿上面,部份纏在左腕,送院搶救後不治。
愷蔚 4樓睡房窗口,則垂下一條 10多呎長同類繩索隨風飄盪, 3樓單位外牆晾衣架被撞爛半甩,不排除愷蔚為不動聲色逃家,在房內將尼龍繩綑在重物作固定,經窗口爬繩落樓,幼繩不勝負荷斷裂,愷蔚當場墮地。警方事後撿走尼龍繩調查。
街坊指,愷蔚品性不錯,經常與人打招呼,家住上址十多年。其父母已離異,母親後與現任丈夫結婚。至於愷蔚後父,則有兩子兩女跟隨前妻。街坊又稱,愷蔚父母均當夜班,父親在附近一間餐廳任職,母親對子女管教甚嚴,間中責備,但甚少體罰。

校內領袖生成績優異
新亞中學女校長黃惠庭稱,愷蔚讀書成績優異,曾記優點 3次,從未記過,表現有活力及正面,一直是校內領袖生兼風紀,中二時曾獲選為校內傑出學生,當時只有 13人獲選,今年當選班主席協助主持會議。上周愷蔚更獲推薦升為領袖生小隊長。
消息指,愷蔚讀中二時曾在周記透露因出街玩耍問題與家人鬧僵,不料愷蔚昨晨突然缺席,繼而傳出墮樓身亡消息。愷蔚同班同學情緒出現波動,校方已作輔導。愷蔚的姊姊「順華」已在同校畢業,師長對兩姊妹印象不俗。
愷蔚父母及姊姊認屍時情緒激動。至昨午一男一女親友,帶同愷蔚最愛的壽司、蝦餃燒賣、可樂及檸檬茶,到場路祭。

洪愷蔚墮樓經過
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1〉凌晨 4時許,愷蔚剛滿 16歲,想到網吧打機,被母親阻止

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2〉愷蔚反鎖房內,以尼龍繩綁住窗框,另一端纏住手腕

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3〉愷蔚游繩爬窗逃家,但繩幼不堪負荷半空斷裂

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4〉愷蔚撞爛 3樓晾衫架墮地頭部重傷


痛心疾首 – 雙性戀 美少女 跳樓亡 – 20110925 蘋果日報

September 25, 2011

蘋果日報 記者:劉柏麟、文兆麟

蘋果日報的新聞”重點” – 雙性戀 美少女 跳樓亡

RIP 維記,蘋果日報 編輯。