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Shenzhen Meeting on Basic Law Interpretation, Cross Harbour Traffic Blues; Mainland Media Controls in the anti-Japanese Demonstrations; BBC's Nik Gowing on the Changing Face of News (22 Apr 2005)

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14 democrats, including seven legislators were invited to a Shenzhen seminar on the interpretation of the Basic Law. It was chaired by Qiao Xiaoyang, the Deputy Secretary-General of the National People's Congress Standing Committee. It was seen as a chance for Hong Kong's lawmakers to air their views on the forthcoming interpretation of the Basic Law over the term of the next chief executive ... even if it did turn out to be a case of "chicken and duck talk". The Causeway Bay - Hung Hom cross-harbour tunnel is often jammed. That's because the other two cross-harbour tunnels, run by commercial interests, in most cases charge more. With the fees about to go up again, we ask whether the tunnels should be seen as a public utility or a commercial enterprise. It's widely thought that mainland China could have controlled anti-Japanese demonstrations from the beginning, as it now seems to be doing. The Chinese government claimed it was helpless in the face of "spontaneous" demonstrations organised over the internet. But isn't the internet controlled too? Finally the BBC World presenter Nik Gowing was in the studio earlier this week to talk about the role of the mainstream media as a news filter, in an age when most of us are potential news gatherers and disseminators.

Program: 
The Pulse
Publish Date: 
Friday, April 22, 2005
Station: 
RTHK
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