Friday, 17 March 2017

Modern Standards at SCMP

For those who may not know, Mike Rowse (also known as "Mickey Mouse") from Hong Kong is a retired civil servant from the British colonial era, who probably objectifies women like any old fashioned British gentleman does.



Reference from SCMP

Note from the editor-in-chief regarding Mike Rowse’s column: ‘How women manage to dress so well in cold climes’

PUBLISHED : Friday, 17 March, 2017, 3:53pm
UPDATED : Friday, 17 March, 2017, 4:57pm
The SCMP takes very seriously our role as a forum for meaningful discourse in society. We welcome diverse views and never shy away from controversial issues. However, we will not be a platform that perpetuates the objectification of women, nor the demeaning of any group in society.

In this case, our online posting of the column “How Hong Kong women manage to dress so well in cold climes” represented a serious lapse in judgement. We realised shortly after posting the column online that it did not meet our high standards. We removed the article from our website and deleted the relevant Facebook post and tweet as soon as was practicable. We also removed it from the list of articles to be published in the next morning’s print edition.

We did so not because the article was controversial, but rather because it goes against the SCMP’s editorial and company values. We have notified the author of our decision and stand by it.

We take full responsibility for this mistake and apologise to our readers for not living up to the standards that they deserve from us.

Tammy Tam,
Editor-in-Chief


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