|The new TDM guidelines came roughly two weeks after Hong Kong announced an overhaul of its public broadcaster, RTHK, amid accusations by authorities that it has an anti-government bias. (Photo by Brenden Brain/ Common Wikimedia)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] At a meeting at the Portuguese unit of Macau's public broadcaster TDM on Mar 10, two senior journalists addressed about 25 staff members, reading new editorial rules requiring them to promote "patriotism, respect and love" for mainland China. Reuters said that the measures targeting Macau's largest broadcaster were detailed to Reuters by two people who were at the meeting and mark the first time that Portuguese language media in the former colony have been directly targeted by authorities.
Since the meeting, at least six journalists have resigned, the sources said. The world’s biggest gambling hub, home to 700,000 people, has always been touted as a poster child of Beijing's "one country, two systems" style of governance alongside neighboring Hong Kong. The system promises wide-ranging freedoms not seen in mainland China, including a free press and independent judiciary.
"We knew things might change one day, but this came as a total surprise to us," said one of the Portuguese journalists who attended the March meeting. They declined to be identified owing to the sensitivity of the matter. The new TDM guidelines came roughly two weeks after Hong Kong announced an overhaul of its public broadcaster, RTHK, amid accusations by authorities that it has an anti-government bias.