Editorial:The government should not adopt a conciliatory attitude to the manhandling of HK reporters

【明報專訊】SEVERAL HONG KONG REPORTERS have recently been assaulted violently on the mainland one after another, arousing concern that public office holders on the mainland are becoming rougher and more arrogant to Hong Kong reporters. This situation is unacceptable and should be strongly condemned. The uncivilised manner in which the public office holders enforce the law have often been criticised and the central government has agreed that there is a need to strengthen regulation. The SAR government, therefore, is justified and has every reason to convey the demands of the Hong Kong press to the central government. It should intervene and make clear its stance soon and should not adopt a conciliatory attitude.