香港政府濫用電視宣傳短片及電台宣傳聲帶聯署聲明|法政匯思


【2015年03月19日 10:32 上午】香港政府濫用電視宣傳短片及電台宣傳聲帶聯署聲明|法政匯思


五個專業團體,包括前線科技人員議政小組 、杏林覺醒、進步教師同盟、社工復興運動及法政匯思,就政府濫用電視宣傳短片及電台宣傳聲帶發表聯署聲明,在蘋果日報刊登全版廣告。

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【香港政府濫用電視宣傳短片及電台宣傳聲帶聯署聲明】

聲明全文如下:
Full Text of the Statement as follows:
1. 在香港,播放政治廣告屬違法行為。2010年就曾經有廣播機構在當年政改諮詢時,播放主張普選的宣傳廣告而被當局罰款。
2. 香港政府規定電視及電台等廣播機構須免費播放如有關公共衛生、道路安全或天氣狀況(如颱風或暴雨)等資訊的廣告,稱為「政府公益宣傳短片及宣傳聲帶」 (Announcements in the Public Interest, API)。
3. 近月,香港政府曾在電視及電台以政府公益宣傳短片及宣傳聲帶 (API) 的形式免費播放以下廣告:
a) 「有票,真係唔要」(由2014年8月7日開始播放);
b) 「有票,梗係要」(由2014年9月2日開始播放); 及
c) 「2017 機不可失」(由2015年1月10日開始播放)。
4.我們認為以上廣告有別於一般政府公益宣傳短片及宣傳聲帶 (API),因為上述的廣告並非傳遞客觀事實,亦不具教育性質,而且內容偏頗。這些宣傳排除了其他有關政制改革的立場,只在宣揚政府一方的立場,因此在性質上與違法的政治廣告無異。
5.因此,我們認為這些廣告並非政府公益宣傳短片及宣傳聲帶 (API), 而是違法的政治廣告,不應於電視或電台廣播。我們亦認為香港政府濫用公權力,不義地利用其專用的公益宣傳短片及宣傳聲帶 (API)扭曲公眾對政制改革的討論。
6.我們對政府把政治廣告偽裝成公益宣傳短片或宣傳聲帶(API)予以讉責,並要求當局立即停播。繼續播放此等廣告不但違法,亦與政府近期一再重申的「依法辦事」原則背道而馳。
1. The broadcasting of political advertisements is unlawful in Hong Kong. A broadcaster was penalised for carrying advertisements advocating universal suffrage as part of the 2010 electoral reform process.
2. The Government requires radio and television broadcasters to broadcast “Announcements in the Public Interest” (“APIs”) for free. Typical APIs include messages such as those involving public health, road safety or weather information like a typhoon or rainstorm.
3. In recent months, the Government has required radio and television broadcasters to air the following advertisements without payment as if they were APIs:
(a) “有票,真係唔要” (Your Vote, Don’t Cast it Away!) from 7 August 2014;
(b) “有票,梗係要” (Your Vote, Gotta Have It!) from 2 September 2014; and
(c) “2017 機不可失” (2017, Seize the Opportunity) from 10 January 2015.
4. These advertisements are different from APIs. They carry a strong bias to advance the Government’s political position on electoral reform, to the exclusion to any other position. They are neither factual nor educational. These advertisements are no different from the unlawful political advertisements referred to above.
5. As such, these advertisements are not APIs. They are unlawful political advertisements which cannot be broadcast on radio or television. The Government’s unlawful abuse of its exclusive powers to broadcast APIs has also unjustly distorted the public debate on electoral reform.
6. We therefore condemn the Government’s broadcast of political advertisements under the guise of APIs. It must cease doing so immediately. To continue do so is not only unlawful, but also hypocritical in light of the Government’s recent repeated insistence upon “acting in accordance with the law”.


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