Hong Kong public broadcaster cancels LGBTQ radio show

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07/30/2023

A radio show promoting LGBTQ equality will end its 17-year run at Hong Kong’s public broadcaster on Sunday, with station management citing “changes in programme” as the reason for cancellation. The axing of “We Are Family” comes after Beijing crushed Hong Kong’s democracy movement and imposed a sweeping national security law in 2020, which critics say has fractured civil society and silenced dissent. Programme co-host Brian Leung said he was “mentally prepared” for the show to be dropped at the government-funded Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), but was not given a satisfactory explanation when meeting with station management earlier this month. “For a traditional platform like RTHK, this programme was more or less walking a tightrope,” Leung told AFP in an interview hours before the final show.

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