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Government's response to HKJA statement

     In response to the statement by the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) on the Guidelines for the Chief Executive in Handling Potential Cases of Conflict of Interest and Acceptance of Advantages and Entertainment Concerning Politically Appointed Officials, a Government spokesman today (August 8) gave the following response:

     The Independent Review Committee for the Prevention and Handling of Potential Conflicts of Interests issued its report in May last year. On the same day, the Government expressed that it agreed with the recommendations of the report in principle, and would consider how to follow up and implement individual recommendations.

     The Government has been gradually implementing the Committee's recommendations in the past year. The Guidelines, which took effect in August this year, are among the series of measures being implemented.

     The Government attaches great importance to the work of the media and has been facilitating media reporting. For transparency's sake the Guidelines have been uploaded to the website of the Chief Executive's Office for public inspection. We welcome and will take into account the views of the HKJA.

Ends/Thursday, August 8, 2013
Issued at HKT 18:51


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