今日為中國「709維權律師大抓捕」事件兩周年，中國維權律師關注組、立法會議員郭榮鏗辦事處，以及法政匯思下午於終審法院門外，舉行黑衣默站抗議。(Today marks the second anniversary of the “709 crackdown of China’s human rights lawyers”. China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group, Legislative Council member Dennis Kwok and Progressive Lawyers Group stood in silence outside the Court of Final Appeal today in support of rights lawyers and activists in China.)
An independent press is called the fourth estate because it holds accountable the ruling class – from the clergy and the noblemen in medieval times to the three branches of government in modern democracies. In Hong Kong, the press plays an especially critical role because citizens are deprived of a democratically elected government. Both the chief executive and nearly half the legislature are appointed by small committees stacked with pro-Beijing loyalists, which gives ordinary people little leverage over politicians they play no part in choosing. Going to the press is often the most effective, if not the only, recourse available to those who want their grievances heard or injustices righted.