On Wednesday 9th October, the Royal Commonwealth Society in Hong Kong welcomed 30 members to the Hong Kong Club for a talk on 'The dangers for journalism in Hong Kong'. The talk was given by Steve Vines, a founding editor of the Eastern Express, and a regular contributor to the South China Morning Post and Radio Television Hong Kong. In the past, he has also worked in Asia for The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Independent.
Among the guests were the Canadian Consul-General and the Director of the British Council, Hong Kong. Vines' conclusion was that Hong Kong was still a bastion of free speech in the region although vigilance needed to be maintained, given increasing mainland influence in the territory.
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