黎智英捐款事件帶出的可悲訊息 – 李怡

October 21, 2011

For the record.

蘋論:黎智英捐款事件帶出的可悲訊息 – (李怡) – 2011年10月22日

黎智英的巨額人權獻金事件,一周來引起社會廣泛議論。筆者稱之為「人權獻金」而不跟從社會上多數議論的「政治獻金」,因為「政治獻金」多與捐獻者的政治利益有關,即使是小額捐獻,也因為受助人在政治上可以幫到捐助人所在的利益群體;而黎的捐獻,相當大部份是捐給陳日君樞機,由陳去從事資助內地地下教會或其他宗教使費,捐給陳方安生則註明是幫長者做白內障手術的「長者之光」慈善活動,這些都不是政治獻金。即使捐給政黨,這些泛民政黨在可見將來都不可能執政,他們不可能給黎智英個人或他的事業提供任何利益。因此,不是冀求有回報的政治獻金,而是基於共同理念的捐獻,所謂共同理念,就是民主、自由等基本人權。因此,稱為「人權獻金」更合適。
消息曝光後,筆者最感驚訝的,不是黎智英給泛民政黨、宗教領袖捐了錢。因為雖然從沒有被告知,筆者也猜到黎是有資助這些組織和人的。最感驚訝的是,他在給泛民政黨捐款中所佔份額。資料顯示,他自 2006年至今,分別捐給民主黨和公民黨 1369萬及 1056萬元, 09/10年度,黎的捐款更佔民主黨非會員捐款的 99.4%,佔公民黨的 68.2%。
然而,每次選舉,泛民這兩大政黨,在民主派取得的六成選票中,都佔一半以上。泛民的立會議席則佔 1/3。任何一個正常社會,有這麼強大民意支持比率及立會議席的政團,理所當然地會在社會有相應比例的政治捐獻去支持他們的活動。然而在香港這個畸形社會,非會員的捐款者竟然幾乎集中在一個人身上。其他的商界人士都到哪裏去了?筆者原先以為至少還會有一兩個大亨有較大筆捐獻的,而且其中也有人公開表示過支持民主。但在特區政府的「親疏有別」政策,和中央對泛民的強力封殺之下,真正拿錢出來的只有黎智英一人。
李慧玲在《左右大局》中說,「這就是在香港當民主派的悲凉」!不,這是絕大部份支持民主的市民的悲凉。
然後是輿論與學者對黎智英捐款事件的評論,可說是非不分。有的說,黎的大額捐款,「市民以後再難相信他旗下的傳媒會以持平客觀的態度報道」,「今次事件很難令選民不質疑泛民會受捐款人左右」,有的說,黎智英的捐款,意味他像梅鐸,要在幕後操控香港政治。
全都罔顧事實。梅鐸與政界交往,是與執政黨或有機會執政的在野黨交往,目的是可以帶給他及其集團具體利益。黎智英支持的泛民,能給他及他的傳媒帶來甚麼利益?一個叫「都是那些日子」的網站發文說,「肥佬黎以金錢操控泛民政黨,但他怎樣操控?拿五區公投來說,支持公投的公民黨、社民連他有捐錢,反對五區公投的民主黨,他一樣有捐錢,而這些泛民政黨,以往也未見為肥佬黎生意利益發聲,以金錢操控泛民之說,從何談起?」
再說得深入一些,如有操控,這操控又可以為自己或自己的事業帶來甚麼利益?

黎智英的捐獻,其實很清楚,就是基於對民主、人權、自由這些共同理念的支持。泛民各政團的理念、目標是一致的,只是在爭取民主的抗爭或妥協的策略運用上有所不同。黎基於共同理念捐款,倘策略是自己認同的可能多捐些,不那麼認同的就少捐些。即使間中一起商議一下策略,也談不上操控。
當然,爭取民主,維持社會的自由、法治,是包括黎智英在內的多數香港人的利益所繫。但這是整個社會的利益,不是他個人的利益。因此,他是為整個社會捐錢,不是為自己的利益捐錢。
筆者草此文前,沒有詢問過黎智英的意見,筆者也不知道他為何不站出來回應事件,也許多數捐款人都不想講自己的捐款立意,也許他覺得清者自清,不需多講。但這次事件卻帶出可悲的訊息:一、香港商界只有一個人願意掏錢支持廣大市民爭取民主人權的理念;二、多數輿論與學者不知基於甚麼目的與心理,一味發出罔顧事實的評論;三、這個社會就這麼缺少仗義執言的人了嗎?


中環我至靚 – 蘋果日報 與 新聞自由

August 5, 2011

*** Hong Kong Pretty Girls ***

Apple Daily HK Central - Pretty Girl - pix 13

I am a keen observer of pretty girls in HK and around the world. Unfortunately today, against my better judgement, I will argue the Hong Kong newspaper Apple B.B. Daily should voluntarily stop taking photos of some of these pretty girls (中環我至靚) in Central, Hong Kong. Yes, some of these photos taking and publishing has to be stopped!  Especially many of the photos that I love the most. Isn’t this paradoxical?

Lets look at some of the photos of the pretty girls in Central, Hong Kong as reported by Apple B. B. Daily. And see if you notice a very important pattern.

Apple Daily HK Central - Pretty Girl - pix 01Apple Daily HK Central - Pretty Girl - pix 02

Apple Daily HK Central - Pretty Girl - pix 03Apple Daily HK Central - Pretty Girls - pix 04

Apple Daily HK Central - Pretty Girls - pix 05Apple Daily HK Central - Pretty Girls - pix 06

??? Have you noticed a pattern yet? Lets look at some more pictures.

Apple Daily HK Central - Pretty Girls - pix 07Apple Daily HK Central - Pretty Girls - pix 08

Apple Daily HK Central - Pretty Girls - pix 09Apple Daily HK Central - Pretty Girls - pix 10

Apple Daily HK Central - Pretty Girls - pix 11Apple Daily HK Central - Pretty Girls - pix 12

If you read Chinese, you can see the full Flickr set which I also posted the original Apple Daily text that goes with the photos for added context.

*** Observations ***

As you may have noticed already, the pretty girls in only 3, yes three, out of the above 13 photos actually post for the photos! And as you can read from the Flickr set, only those 3 photos have people’s names attached.

As you see, the other photos are of people talking on the phones or walking on the street simply going about their businesses. I have no indication that these people actually has or has not given Apple B.B. Daily permission to publish their photos on a column dedicated to photos of pretty girls in Central, Hong Kong!

Is this ethical behaviour? How will you react if this is your newspaper? Or if this is practiced in your city/country?

And if you live in Hong Kong, what do you think about this?

*** The Freedom of Press Paradox ***

While I don’t know the specific Hong Kong law but I suspect what the photographers of Apple B.B. Daily have done here are safely within the boundary of Hong Kong law. And I bet a Canadian dollar that a Canadian newspaper can legally take and publish photos of pretty girls standing on a public street too (although I can’t be sure).

The brave men and women of Apple B.B. Daily are truly the pioneers of newspapers and poor-tastes. At the end of day, no one can blame them for their total pursuit of making money through sex and smut at the same time as speaking truth to the powerful Chinese Beijing and HK governments.

Yes, seriously, Apple B. B. Daily do fight for democracy at the same time as they insert B. B. (bouncy breasts) of ladies in bikinis into completely serious news article!

*** Concluding Thoughts ***

Hong Kong is a really vibrant and strange market for newspapers, for both paid and recently free newspapers. Apple B. B. Daily bossman Mr. Jimmy Lai is one of the most intriguing and interesting entrepreneurs in Asia unfortunately the way he runs his newspapers (or allowed his newspapers to be run) just make me sick.


RTHK新一輯的品味人生: 李怡, 黎智英, 鄧小宇, 岑建勳

February 2, 2011

早幾天一口氣看完六集盧敏儀(Money Lo)主持RTHK新一輯的品味人生。很喜歡。被訪問者包括:李怡, 黎智英, 鄧小宇, 岑建勳, 等等

Here is an intro from 品味人生,

“承襲中國傳統儒家之道,男兒自古就是持家之主、奠國之士。男兒雙肩不單摃着生活擔子,還有社會承襲下來的意識型態。人生一路走來,男士們步履為營地走過腳下數十寒暑的起伏,百般滋味的歷練悄然為他們成就出一種生命的特質、蘊釀出獨特的男人魅力。這些魅力或然是令人對男士們產生興趣的誘因,但更重要的是誘發我們對盛載這股魅力的那一個人生的探求。續上輯【品味人生】充分展現出各界傑出女性的韻味和人生體會後,新一輯【品味人生】將承前要領,改以男性為主角,由女性來擔當主持人,繼續帶領觀眾認識社會上不同範疇,有着不同特質、魅味的男士;透過一個更知性的角度去細味每位傑出男士的百味人生。
受訪嘉賓: 陳日君、黎智英、岑建勳、鄧小宇、施永青、李怡、張家輝、清洪、譚詠麟
主持人: 盧敏儀(Money Lo)” More info here.


法夢

July 22, 2009

When I read the following headline, it reminded me of a chat with my friend about the Chinese judicial system. You see, a not so generous name for a judicial system that is built on “極速審結” is “show trial“.

From Today’s Apple,

【本報訊】陰謀刺殺民主黨創黨主席李柱銘及壹傳媒主席黎智英的案件,昨日首天在深圳中級人民法院開庭聆訊,即在一日內極速審結。十名被告中,兩名被控「故意殺人罪」的港人否認控罪,另八人承認「故意傷害」等罪名,法院將於一個月後宣判。[…]

法律? 法夢? Right, 發夢!

Rule of law? Nope, more like rule of joke at the moment.