Me­dia hu­mil­i­ates de­tained HK res­i­dent

Global Times US Edition - - EDITORIAL -

Si­mon Cheng Man-kit, an em­ployee of the Bri­tish Con­sulate Gen­eral in Hong Kong, went “miss­ing” dur­ing a busi­ness trip to Shen­zhen, South China’s Guang­dong Prov­ince. He is a Hong Kong res­i­dent, but the UK’S For­eign and Com­mon­wealth Of­fice has been mak­ing noise about it. Western me­dia as well as me­dia from Hong Kong and Taiwan even claimed he was sent to the Chi­nese main­land and linked his “miss­ing” with the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion in Hong Kong, throw­ing mud at the ju­di­cial sys­tem of the main­land.

The Chi­nese For­eign Min­istry con­firmed Wed­nes­day that Cheng was un­der ad­min­is­tra­tive de­ten­tion in Shen­zhen. On Thurs­day, po­lice in Shen­zhen’s Luohu dis­trict told Global Times that he was de­tained for vi­o­lat­ing

ar­ti­cle 66 of the Law of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China on Penal­ties for Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity. The ar­ti­cle in­cludes so­lic­i­ta­tion of pros­ti­tutes.

It is dis­grace­ful to be caught for so­lic­it­ing pros­ti­tutes. Those who are ar­rested usu­ally wish to hide the truth. Shen­zhen po­lice also told Global Times that it was at the re­quest of Cheng that they did not in­form his fam­ily. In other words, if the Bri­tish for­eign min­istry and Western me­dia did not hype it, Cheng could have qui­etly re­turned to Hong Kong af­ter be­ing de­tained for 15 days.

Cheng must pay the price for vi­o­lat­ing the law. But it is also un­der­stand­able that he wants to hide the episode from his fam­ily. How­ever, thanks to the Bri­tish for­eign min­istry and me­dia which have been hyp­ing it, the case is now fully ex­posed. From the very be­gin­ning, they ac­cused the Chi­nese main­land for the cause of Cheng’s “miss­ing” while high­light­ing the nar­ra­tive that his girl­friend had re­ceived no in­for­ma­tion at all from the Chi­nese main­land, por­tray­ing how hor­rific the main­land’s law is. They forced Shen­zhen po­lice to re­veal the truth.

Those forces are full of prej­u­dice and ar­ro­gance against the Chi­nese main­land. When a per­son is “miss­ing,” they won’t even think about whether the man could have vi­o­lated the law, and im­me­di­ately pin the blame on the Chi­nese main­land, with­out leav­ing any room for the per­son con­cerned to deal with the in­ci­dent in a low-key man­ner.

Af­ter re­al­iz­ing they messed up, some Hong Kong me­dia re­sorted to their old tricks, claim­ing the Chi­nese main­land’s po­lice fab­ri­cated the charge of “so­lic­it­ing pros­ti­tutes” against him. Cheng is nei­ther a celebrity nor an ac­tive pro­tester. He of­ten vis­its Shen­zhen. Why would Shen­zhen po­lice de­lib­er­ately frame him? When have po­lice from the Chi­nese main­land ever framed a Hongkonger like that?

The case is an alarm bell to those forces, which are bi­ased and even hos­tile to­ward the Chi­nese main­land’s ju­di­cial sys­tem. Our ju­di­cial sys­tem is not like how they have imag­ined and prop­a­gated. Han­dling the cases in ac­cor­dance with the law is a firm prin­ci­ple that po­lice in the Chi­nese main­land have fol­lowed. If Western me­dia copes with ev­ery ar­rest in the Chi­nese main­land which in­volves non-main­lan­ders with their ex­treme mind-set, the re­sult will only be a big mis­take and a big joke.

Il­lus­tra­tion: Liu RUI/GT

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