Reporters kicked out of Apec for being 'rude' to Aquino-A A +A
Monday, October 7, 2013
MANILA -- For being "rude" to President Benigno Aquino III, some media representatives from Hong Kong had their credentials for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit confiscated.
Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), one of the outfits whose reporter was involved, said an Apec official scolded the reporters for offending "our excellency."
Aside from RTHK, other media outfits whose representatives were involved included Now TV and Commercial Radio, according to reports from Hong Kong.
The incident did not sit well with the Hong Kong Journalists Association, which said reporters sometimes have to shout out their questions because they are far from their subject.
Hong Kong media reported that the reporters of the three outfits "shouted" questions at Aquino during the Apec summit in Bali, Indonesia.
They were trying to ask Aquino questions about the 2010 hostage crisis in Manila at the time. Aquino reportedly ignored the questions.
Among the questions the Hong Kong reporters reportedly asked were "Will you apologize? Please answer the question!" in reference to the 2010 Manila hostage tragedy where Hong Kong tourists were among the fatalities in a botched rescue try.
The Hong Kong media reports said Apec staff seized the reporters' credentials and told them it is "rude to shout," and that the reporters "embarrassed one of our visitors." (JK/Sunnex)