Secretary for Security Deng Ping-kiang met with the media after attending the Fight Crime Committee meeting this (3rd) afternoon and took the initiative to refer to the earlier report of the “Stance News” about smart prisons, describing the reports as “biased”, “misleading” and “demonizing” smart prisons . He also pointed out that this is not the first time that “Position News” has “made a biased and misleading report.” He pointed out that the November report of “Position News” on the Sino-Great Conflict was inconsistent with the facts. “The police only guarded the (CUHK) Bridge No. 2 at the time and did not give people petrol bombs to harass the Tolo Highway. The police never entered.” Tang Pingqiang said: “Stance News has repeatedly made biased, misleading (reporting), and demonized law enforcement agencies. As the Secretary for Security, I need to clarify the truth to the people of Hong Kong.”
In response to the Secretary for Security’s criticism, the editorial department reiterated, “We insist on reporting the truth. The responsibility of the media is to monitor power and present the opinions of stakeholders from all walks of life, including the voices of disadvantaged communities. We firmly believe that only adequate Freedom of speech and press, allowing diverse views to exchange and confront each other, will help society progress and maintain long-term stability.”
Refers to the “Stance” Wisdom Prison report “demonizing a good thing”
Before accepting a reporter’s question, Deng Bingqiang took the initiative to mention that the “Smart Prison Series Report” of the Da Tam Gap Correctional Institution recently “made a lot of bias and misleading,” and demonized the “wisdom prison” of our Correctional Institution. “This facility”, he said, it is necessary to explain clearly to all Hong Kong citizens, “I don’t want to report a good thing about demonization.”
Refers to 14,000 “non-refoulement claimants” in Hong Kong
Deng Bingqiang first talked about the current situation of “non-refoulement claimants”, saying that there are 14,000 “non-refoulement claimants” who are still in Hong Kong. Among them, more than 11,000 people’s claims have been rejected by the Review and Appeal Board and need to be repatriated. Only 9,000 people stayed in Hong Kong temporarily because they were applying for judicial review or judicial review permission to the court. He pointed out that in the past, only 2% of the cases were approved for judicial review, and less than 1% of the cases were successfully reviewed.
Approximately 300 people were detained, posing a great risk to law and order
He pointed out that the authorities try their best to let people who are “non-refoulement claimants” in Hong Kong guaranty to go out, but because some people awaiting review pose a great risk to law and order, including those who have committed serious crimes, are violent, and have major public security risks, they must be arrested. The detention involved about 300 people, accounting for about 2% of the “non-refoulement claims” in Hong Kong. They were detained in Castle Peak Bay and Tai Tam Gap Correctional Institution respectively, the latter being used as the most at risk of detention.
Describe the non-hotel in Datan Gorge, “fasten the canal and move it away as soon as possible”
Tang Pingqiang pointed out that in June and August this year, the Tai Tam Gap Correctional Institution had two major violations of discipline. The Correctional Services Department needed to dispatch the “Black Panther Troops” to respond. He emphasized that the Tai Tam Gap Correctional Institution is a detention facility. It’s because everyone can cook meals and a large refugee camp. This one is not a rehabilitation site, but this one is to detain the canal, and to pick it up as soon as possible. It’s not a hotel, it needs to be managed. All we do is to protect the safety of all detainees and the staff of the Correctional Services Department.”
“All are based on the safety of persons in custody”
Deng pointed out that the facilities used in smart prisons are all for better and more convenient management of detainees. “And it’s not like the “Stance News” discredited the words to us, demonize it, we need to monitor it. so”. He explained that closed-circuit television is equipped with artificial intelligence to monitor whether there are crowds gathering, fighting, and lying in the dining hall for a long time without moving, all of which are based on the safety of the prisoners.
Denying that detainees are “white mice” Deng: Let them enjoy more convenient services first
For some detainees interviewed who claimed that their wrists were suffering from ringworm due to wearing a smart wristband, Deng said: “The smart wristband is portrayed by others, and the opponent will be rotten.” He described that the smart wristband is not the same as a daily sports watch. The difference is to assist in understanding the physical condition and vital signs of the personnel, and to provide life conveniences, such as making phone calls and using lockers.
He also pointed out that some people wanted to “stigmatize”, “”It’s a white mouse, Teden uses his wisdom to engage in the channel, the white mouse!” It doesn’t matter!” He explained, because the Tai Tam Gorge Correctional Institution has just finished its renovation. , To set up smart prison facilities more efficiently, “first, let the detainees enjoy more convenient services, and not be a white rat.”
Alleging that reports of the China-China conflict are inconsistent with the facts: “The police have never entered the past.”
Deng Bingqiang said that this is not the first time “Stance News” has “made a biased and misleading report.” He immediately pointed out the report on the Sino-Dalian conflict on November 11 this year. I was entering the Chinese University at the time, and the police were trying to break in. I believe that everyone knows the fact that the police only guarded the No. 2 Bridge at the time, and they didn’t want the petrol bomb to fall off. Tolo Highway. The police have never been in the past.” He pointed out that the police also issued a statement afterwards, “pointing out what was wrong with the “Stance News”, which is inconsistent with the facts, and beautifying the violence.”
Refers to any organization that uses media packaging to find evidence as long as it violates the law
Deng Bingqiang also warned: “Any person or organization, whether it is packed with baa, whether it is packed with media, or packed with NGOs, as long as it wants to violate the law or endanger national security, we will definitely try to prove that you are breaking the law. . Anyone who breaks the law, we will try to find evidence. If you don’t want enough today, listen to the day; if you listen to the day, you will find the next day. As long as you are breaking the law, we have a way to find evidence to prove that you are breaking the law. .”
Asked whether to find evidence against “Position” Deng Bingqiang: I will not talk about individual cases
A reporter asked Deng Bingqiang whether he is currently looking for evidence of a violation of the law against the “Stance News”, whether it involves the “National Security Law”, what kind of evidence is currently available, and whether the situation is similar to the “Apple Daily”? Deng Bingqiang said: “I don’t talk about individual cases.” He also said that the warning is not given to a specific person, but to all organizations or individuals. No matter what packaging is used, there will be evidence as long as they violate the law.
Some reporters asked the authorities whether the “Position News” had any evidence or arrests were about to take place. Deng Bingqiang described that “Position News” has repeatedly reported biased, misleading, and demonized law enforcement agencies. As the head of the Security Bureau, he has It is necessary to clarify the truth to the people of Hong Kong and reiterate that the warning is not directed at individual groups.
“Stance News” sent an interviewer to Deng Bingqiang’s press conference today and raised his hand to ask questions, but was not named by the press officer. When Deng Bingqiang walked away from the venue, the reporter of “Stance News” asked him whether he criticized the report of “Situation” whether it planned to ban the media and whether it hindered the freedom of the press. He left without responding.
“Stance News” Editorial Department: The responsibility of the media is to monitor power
In response to Deng Bingqiang’s criticism today, the editorial department of “Situation News” reiterated, “We insist on reporting the truth. The responsibility of the media is to monitor power and present the opinions of stakeholders from all walks of life, including the voices of disadvantaged communities. We firmly believe that there is only sufficient Freedom of speech and press, allowing diverse views to exchange and confront each other, will help society progress and maintain long-term stability.”
The Correctional Services Department issued an article on the 25th last month criticizing the “Stance News”‘s special report on smart prisons, describing it as “unreasonable allegations” made by non-refoulement claimants. It has been used for days to “hype”, “smear and demonize” punishment. The management model of the Education Department’s “Smart Prison”. The “Stance News” editorial department immediately pointed out that before the report was published, it had sought responses from the Correctional Services Department and other departments on various allegations made by the detainees interviewed. Detainees can complain through different channels, and the report also contains the statement of the department.
Journalist Association: I hope the government should not do anything that affects the freedom of the press
When receiving enquiries from “Position News”, the executive committee member of the Association, Liang Mingkang, pointed out that the content of the report only relayed the views of the interviewee and did not represent the position of the news organization. The reporter had asked the Correctional Services Department to respond to the relevant report before it was published. The practice was consistent. General principles of journalism. He asked why the Correctional Services Department did not fully explain the report before it was published and when it responded to reporters’ inquiries. Instead, it criticized the report after it was published. Liang Mingkang believes that the media in Hong Kong are law-abiding, and the Basic Law also guarantees freedom of the press. He hopes that while the government keeps saying that press freedom is protected, it should not do anything that will materially affect press freedom.