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Hong Kong government to rein in public broadcaster RTHK

New editorial recommendations raise concerns over city's media freedom

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong public broadcaster RTHK is set for an overhaul after a government report slammed the media outlet for "serious inadequacies" over its editorial management and handling of complaints.

In a 154-page report released on Friday, a government-led committee said RTHK has "weak editorial accountability," as editorial decisions are principally made by production units based on their own judgment, leaving senior management in a "passive" position. The broadcaster was also criticized for a "lack of transparency" in handling public complaints.

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