The Hong Kong Journalists Association has expressed concern at the decision by a number of organisations to delete coverage of remarks by mainland propaganda chief to a senior media delegation in Beijing, saying it raises issues of self-censorship or outside pressure.
The remarks were made by Huang Kunming, who's a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China's (CPC) Central Committee and the head of the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee.
Huang was quoted by Singtao News Corporation executive director Siu Sai-wo as saying that he hoped that the Hong Kong press would not become a base for interfering with the mainland.
A number of media outlets, whose management were in the delegation visiting Beijing, later deleted the remarks from their reports.
Several of them also removed the entire footage from their websites.
Some newspapers reportedly also received a "reminder" from the Liaison Office, that Huang's remarks were not meant to be made public.
The association said the retraction was highly unusual, and it was worried that self-censorship or external pressure might be involved.