China: critic journalist got her contract terminated (Update)Event
- Initial Date
- Jan 21, 2021
- Event Description
Public broadcaster Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) terminated journalist Nabela Qoser’s three-year civil service contract, citing an ongoing investigation into her reporting as justification. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate, the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA), condemn the political interference in RTHK and calls for the journalist to be fully reinstated.
The 35-year-old program officer for RTHK regularly aimed hard-hitting questions to Hong Kong Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, and other government officials in the live-streamed press conferences during the months-long pro-democracy protests in 2019. Her work, particularly, also drew the ire of pro-government supporters.
RTHK later launched an investigation into Qoser’s conduct after receiving complaints but cleared her of any wrongdoing. However, the public broadcaster reopened a probe into Qoser’s case in September 2020, and her probation period as a civil servant was extended by 120 days until the end of January 2021.
On January 21, Qoser was informed by RTHK that her civil service contract was being terminated, and she was offered a three-month short-term contract instead. Qoser has already completed her three-year probationary services.
On January 28, more than 60 RTHK employees protested outside the public broadcaster’s headquarters against the unfair treatment of their colleague. Qoser later accepted the short-term contract.
- Impact of Event
- Gender of HRD
- Administrative Harassment
- Rights Concerned
- Media freedom
- Right to work
- Media Worker
- Monitoring Status
- Event Location
- Summary for Publications
On 21 January 2021, Nabela Qoser, media worker, had her contract terminated by the Public broadcaster Radio Television Hong Kong as result of an investigation agaisnt her due to her criticism against the Government in Hong Kong, China.