Press Statement

Hong Kong, June 20, 2012 – The South China Morning Post has for over a hundred years prided itself on its trusted and authoritative reporting. This remains our legacy, our strength and our purpose.

We staunchly defend the press freedom we enjoy in Hong Kong and freedom of speech among all its citizens, especially among our own reporters.

Recent local media reports regarding our coverage of hanging of dissident Li Wangyang have called into question our integrity and willingness to report openly on a sensitive matter.

In fact, the story was reported extensively in our newspaper, in no less than three front pages, two leaders, plus several other prominent positions including two articles by the Editor-in-chief, Wang Xiangwei. However, on the day the news broke in other media, the Editor-in-chief gave priority to another news item, until more facts and detail surrounding the circumstances of this case could be established. This is regular and responsible editorial practice for a trustworthy news organization.

We assure our readers that factual, balanced and investigative reporting will always be our focus.


About SCMP Group Ltd and South China Morning Post

SCMP Group Limited (SEHK: 583) is a leading newspaper and magazine publisher in Asia. Its flagship publication, South China Morning Post, is Hong Kong’s world renowned English language newspaper and has the city’s most affluent and influential readership. First published in 1903, the newspaper has developed an enviable reputation for authoritative, influential and independent reporting on Hong Kong, China and the rest of Asia. Available in print, iPad™ and online through and e-reader editions, South China Morning Post reaches a global audience with daily breaking news, insightful analysis and opinion, multimedia articles and interactive forums. Striving to maintain the highest standards among the world’s quality newspapers, the South China Morning Post receives constant international recognition. It received 55 awards in 2011 for excellence in editorial, marketing and technical capability. Other publication titles of the Group include the Sunday Morning Post, the Chinese editions of Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar and CosmoGirl! magazines. For more information, please visit us at