Project Citizens Foundation (“the Foundation”), a civil society organisation devoted to promoting active citizenship and public participation especially among young people, launched its first event today. More than 300 people attended the launch event - Project Citizens Forum in which nine veteran journalists shared their views on civic participation and freedom of the press.
At today’s press conference on the launch, Mr. T L Tsim, Chairman of the Foundation, Mr. Cheung Yuk Tong, Vice-Chairman, and five other founding directors, Mrs. Anson Chan, Dr. Edmund Woo, Mrs.Pauline Cheung Cheng, Ms. Carol Chen and Mr. Tony Tsoi introduced the aims, visions, and future plans of the Foundation.
The press conference was followed by the first forum which took place at the Moot Court of The University of Hong Kong. Nine veteran journalists, guest speakers discussed the topic of "Freedom of the Press and Its Enemies" from different perspectives, analysed the challenges and crises confronting the media industry, and how the journalists can maintain their role and integrity. The forum was attended by more than 300 people.
Among the speakers were Ms. Sham Yee Lan, Chairperson of Hong Kong Journalists Association; Ms. Choy Yuk Ling, Chairperson of RTHK Programme Staff Union; Ms. Chan Sik Chee Eva, Senior Lecturer of the School of Journalism and Communication of the Chinese University of Hong Kong; Mr. Chan King Cheung, a veteran journalist and former Deputy Publisher and President of Digital Media of The Hong Kong Economic Journal; Mr. Loh Chan, Chairman of Hong Kong News Executives' Association and CEO of DBC; Mr. Tony Tsoi, founder of The House News & The Stand News; Mr. Yau Ching Yuen, founder and Chief Editor of Post 852;. Mr. Kevin Lau, Chief Operating Officer of Medianet Resources and Mr. Neil Western, President of the Foreign Correspondents' Club.