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Commercial Radio, HKU strike deal on audio leaks

2015-11-05 HKT 12:26
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  • The University of Hong Kong Council wants to stop publication of leaked contents of its meetings. RTHK file photo
    The University of Hong Kong Council wants to stop publication of leaked contents of its meetings. RTHK file photo
Maggie Ho reports
Commercial Radio on Thursday reached an agreement with the University of Hong Kong's governing body not to air any more leaked contents of its meetings.

But the broadcaster said, through its lawyer, that this was by no means a compromise on press freedom.

The mutual agreement will replace an interim injunction obtained earlier by the governing body, the University of Hong Kong Council, against Commercial Radio after it aired two recordings of a closed-door meeting that was held in September.

During the meeting, council members voted down the appointment of former law dean and pro-democracy scholar, Johannes Chan, for the post of pro-vice-chancellor of the university.

Apart from the two recordings, Commercial Radio has also promised not to air any other content of the council's past or future meetings – except those already reported by other media.

After a brief hearing at the High Court, Commercial Radio's lawyer said the broadcaster had aired the recordings so that the public would not be misled about what happened during the meeting. But he added that the station had already broadcast all the material it had, and had therefore fulfilled its responsibilities.

However, a gag order remains in place for other organisations or individuals publishing any information on the council's confidential meetings. The court will decide whether to extend the order at a hearing on Friday.