‘Hong Kong Connection’ producer quits RTHK

An executive producer who headed renowned RTHK documentary programme, Hong Kong Connection, resigned on Thursday.

Paul Lee reportedly quit after suggestions for new episodes on the 2019 Yuen Long mob attack and local commemorations of the Tiananmen Square massacre were rejected by the public broadcaster’s management, headed by seasoned bureaucrat Patrick Li.

Lee was said to be told that the programme could only cover livelihood issues and human interest stories in the future, rather than current affairs.

His resignation came just hours after an episode of Hong Kong Connection about the July 21st Yuen Long rampage won this year’s Chinese-language documentary prize at the 2021 Human Rights Press Awards.

An RTHK spokesperson said the station will not comment on personnel arrangements, adding that all sectors of society should respect the broadcaster’s editorial decisions.