Written Question: Situation in Macau
(Source: European Parliament)
Date submitted: 2 April 2021
Question for written answer E-001817/2021
to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Isabel Santos (S&D)
Subject: Situation in Macau
The developments that we have observed with much concern in Hong Kong have now spread to Macau, where several months of pressure have culminated in a complete restriction of press freedom.
In a directive sent to journalists at Teledifusão de Macau (TDM) at the beginning of this month, they were asked not only to support the measures adopted by the Government, but also to adhere to the ‘principle of patriotism’ and of ‘love for Macau’, and not to broadcast information contrary to the policies of China. Also, according to the notice given to journalists, failure to comply with these guidelines will result in dismissal with just cause.
This information was made public by Portuguese journalists working there who, faced with this situation, resigned their posts.
Moreover, such editorial interference has already elicited condemnation from Reporters Without Borders, as well as from the Macao Portuguese and English Press Association.
Freedom of the press is clearly enshrined in the Basic Law of Macao that remains in force until 2049. Nevertheless, China appears not to want to respect this principle.
- What kind of response can we expect from the European Union?
- Besides condemnatory rhetoric, what specific measures will be taken?