Two years after the pro-‐democracy Umbrella Revolution protests took over Hong Kong, the city has been facing tremendous challenges. Some commentators are of the view that the said protests may have done more to divide the city’s pro-‐democracy parties than unite them, leaving Hong Kong’s political leaders in a potentially stronger position than ever before. The election of the Hong Kong Legislative Council was held on Sept. 4, 2016. The opposition camp has maintained its veto power after winning 19 of 35 seats in the geographical constituencies, with localist parties gaining 3 of the 19 seats. Among the increasingly popular localist groups who advocate greater self-‐determination for Hong Kong, candidates from Youngspiration and Civic Passion won several seats. The election of the Hong Kong’s top leader, the Chief Executive, will be held in March 2017. What will happen to Hong Kong by then? Can Hong Kong be independent? How do the media in Hong Kong manage the reporting regarding the post-‐Umbrella Revolution era?
The speaker has extensive broadcast journalism experience in both reporting and anchoring. Ms. Chiu worked for the television division of Radio Television Hong Kong, Asia Television Limited, Cable TV and Television Broadcasts Limited. In addition, she once worked as an intern at United Nations Radio in New York and as a trainee solicitor in one of the Hong Kong’s largest and leading law firms. Ms Chiu is a solicitor admitted in the High Court of Hong Kong. She joined the Department of Journalism of Hong Kong Baptist University as Senior Lecturer in February 2010 and is currently the Associate Head of the Department. She is teaching several courses including “Broadcast, Reporting and Production”, “Advanced Broadcast Reporting and Production”,“News Anchoring” and “Media Law and Ethics”. Since August, 2016, she has been enrolled as aPh.D. candidate under the Institute of Communication and Media Studies of Universität Leipzig.
Source: Institute of Communication and Media Studies, University of Leipzig (25 January 2017)