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Polarization of popular opinions in Hong Kong, says Candy Lo

出自香港新聞網 - 樹仁新傳系學生實習習作

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Covering and reporting news for years, Deputy Chief Editor of Hong Kong China News Agency (CNA) Candy Lo found a polarization of popular opinion in Hong Kong.

Lo said Hong Kong’s public views over controversial topics are dividing to two extremes. Each media and news agency has its own position and agenda setting, the public cannot take sides rashly based on media coverage. Under the atmosphere of increasing social disputes, the public should try to understand issues with different angles by thinking and listening more.

Taking national education as an example, Lo pointed out that the support and opposition factions both have their personal stances and rationales. “The public should put aside emotional reactions and refer to the relevant teaching materials for an in-depth understanding of the program before having any judgment that may have bias,” said Lo.

She added that Hong Kong people should not just blame the China government for intervening Hong Kong’s political business. In contrast, the public may need to think more about what can be done under the principle of "one country, two systems" and give the Beijing government more time and space for democratic progress.

“The freedom of press in China has gained some improvement, but there is still room for improvement,” said Lo. She proved by saying that CNA had reported 64 candlelight vigil in the past five years, showing that the China-funded firms are now more open-minded towards controversial issues.

Lo guessed China is not confident enough to open the freedom of press because China's national condition is different from other developed countries and more space and time is needed before there is a comprehensive change. Yet, she believes the emergence of micro blog can increase the transparency of Chinese news and thus catch up with the world trend.

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