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|Owner(s)||Sing Tao Newspaper Group Limited|
|Political alignment||Pro-Beijing (historically Pro-Taiwan)|
|Headquarters||3 Tung Wong Road, Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong|
Overseas: 188 Lafayette Street, New York City 10013, U.S.
|Sing Tao Daily|
The Sing Tao Daily (Chinese: 星島日報) also known as Sing Tao Jih Pao is Hong Kong's oldest and second-largest Chinese language newspaper. It is owned by Sing Tao News Corporation, of which Kwok Ying Shing (Chinese: 郭英成) is chairman. Its English language sister paper is The Standard. The Sing Tao also maintains the news website singtao.com.
Sing Tao Daily is the oldest Chinese-language daily newspaper in Hong Kong, having commenced publication on 1 August, 1938.
The first overseas edition of the paper was launched in 1963 in San Francisco, where the group’s first overseas office was set up in May 1964. In 1965, the company established offices in New York City and Los Angeles, followed by Toronto (1978), Vancouver, Calgary, London, and Sydney.
In 1998, members of the management team were found guilty of falsifying circulation numbers of sister newspaper The Standard. The Hong Kong government's decision not to charge the chairwoman Sally Aw for reasons of "public benefit" turned into a scandal for the Hong Kong legal system and was quoted as a reason for the anti-"Article 23" march on 1 July 2003. The following year, 1999, financial problems forced Aw to sell her Sing Tao Holdingsstock.
The Sing Tao has a long pro-government history. Before the reunification of Hong Kong with China, it supported the Kuomintang and British Hong Kong Government; and once Hong Kong was transferred of sovereignty and turned into a special administrative region, it turned support to the Beijing government.
Charles Ho, chairman of Sing Tao News Corp Ltd. until June 2021, and his predecessor Sally Aw, were both members of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, a select group of the Chinese Communist Party’s loyal friends and allies.
Chinese Communist Party influence
According to a 2013 report by Center for International Media Assistance, "The Long Shadow of Chinese Censorship: How the Communist Party’s Media Restrictions Affect News Outlets Around the World," a number of patterns emerged in recent decades that signalled Sing Tao was under influence or directly controlled by the Chinese Communist Party: management and owners began practicing “self-censorship”, “high-risk” contributors were being terminated, and high turnover rates increased as journalists left due to an “unpalatable editorial policy.”
Editorial coverage also shifted noticeably since the 1990s, notes the report:
- Avoiding or limiting coverage of politically sensitive topics such as 1989 military crackdown on Tiananmen Square protesters, Tibet, and Taiwanese independence.
- Shifting critical opinions from front to back pages.
- Choosing “politically correct” rhetoric.
- Reducing investigative journalism in favor of soft news or a simple accounting of emerging events.
A 2001 report on Chinese media censorship by the Jamestown Foundation cited Sing Tao as one of four major overseas Chinese newspapers directly or indirectly controlled by Beijing. “Four major Chinese newspapers are found in the U.S.—World Journal, Sing Tao Daily, Ming Pao Daily News, and The China Press," reads the report, “Of these four, three are either directly or indirectly controlled by the government of Mainland China, while the fourth (run out of Taiwan) has recently begun bowing to pressure from the Beijing government.”
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