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Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 17:41

CE stands by warning to media over accusations

By chinadailyasia.com

CE stands by warning to media over accusations
This Sept 21, 2016 photo shows Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (C) and Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah (back R) arrive at a press conference in the Central Government office in Hong Kong. (Anthony Wallace / AFP)
HONG KONG – Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on Tuesday defended his move to warn local Chinese-language newspaper Apple Daily over a potential defamation in an article, stressing that it has had "a significant impact" on him.

Leung said relevant controversies had already been long ago cleared by the media from Australia – the origin of a corruption allegation. He urged the press to double-check facts before writing any relevant reports.

He also urged the media to carry out its responsibility in reporting the truth while enjoying the freedom of the press guaranteed by the city's laws.

Leung said he reserves the right to defend himself over other false claims by the media if they significantly hurt his reputation.

He was responding to media requests before the weekly Executive Council meeting on Tuesday.

Leung had issued a legal letter last Thursday to Apple Daily over an editorial, published on Sept 8, which made an accusation of corruption “falsely, viciously and maliciously”.

The editorial in question urged newly elected legislators to use the Legislative Council’s special powers to pursue Leung over a payment of HK$50 million he received from Australian firm UGL for not competing with the firm over an acquisition deal before he took office in 2012.

Meanwhile, Leung stressed that he had not used public money to pursue the legal actions.

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