A Hong Kong Newspaper Softens Its Voice
Like Many Others in Colony, Ming Pao Hews Closer to Beijing's Line
For years, this city's most influential newspaper was a thorn in the Chinese government's side. Ming Pao broke news about crackdowns on dissidents, offered up juicy accounts of China's political power struggles, and earned the official label "hostile" for its detailed coverage of democracy protests in 1989.
So, now that China is preparing to take over Hong Kong, what is Ming Pao doing? Retreating. Staff opinion columns, once fiery, now often support China's line. Political news about China comes from official sources. When China was promoting shipping tycoon Tung Chee-Hwa to lead Hong Kong after July, Ming Pao devoted a full page to him for five days, with headlines like "Tung Impresses One Most by His Character."