傳真社宣布停止運作 創辦 6 年多 專攻調查報道

傳真社宣布停止運作
傳真社宣布停止運作

再有本地傳媒宣布停止運作:傳真社今午發表聲明,指即日(10 日)起停止運作。創立以來專攻調查報道的傳真社在聲明說,曾經面對財政危機,亦留意到近年傳媒行業巨變,「傳真社屢次思考是否仍有繼續下去的空間,但每次最終都決定本著信念,謹守崗位、報道事實」,「惜萬物有時,現在是時候告別了。」傳真社說,員工將按既定程序遣散,每月訂閱的款項會即日停止轉帳,並囑咐「大家珍重」。

傳真社在聲明說,傳真社的成立是「香港人創下的歷史紀錄,亦是一個夢想的實現」。聲明又指,6 年多的日子,他們不斷摸索如何經營一間屬於香港的調查報道通訊社,「一邊跌跌碰碰,一邊恪守著創立時的原則與理念。我們曾經大膽嘗試,遇過挫折,試過迷路、修正、改進、突破、堅守……默默用嚴謹的報道去換取信任與認同,一步一步走到今天。」

傳真社指一度因財政問題裁減剩兩名記者,後來財政回復穩健和成長,「有機會與香港一同經歷無數重要時刻,我們亦為追尋事實真相竭盡所能」,但是萬物有時,現在是時候告別;傳真社最後感謝外界的信任、支持和關心,同時感謝外界批評和監察,亦感謝員工付出,「感謝曾與我們共事、一同為真相努力的人,有你一同寫下歷史,與有榮焉。」

首篇報道涉及台山核電站安全隱患 辦公室外曾有不明人士徘徊

2015 年 6 月,資深記者吳曉東在網上啟動發起成立通訊社計劃,有 3,300 人參與眾籌推動計劃,到 2016 年 5 月發表了首宗調查報道,講述距離香港只有 130 公里的台山核電站於安全隱憂下封頂,報道指中方不斷催趕進度,希望在 2017 年正式啟用核電站。2016 年 7 月:傳真社又發表報道指,35 列由中國南車青島四方機車車輛製的新加坡地鐵列車出現裂紋,需秘密回收。同年 8 月,傳真社指報道發表數天後,辦公室門外有一名形跡可疑男子點算閉路電視鏡頭數目,同時留下不明記號,令傳真社編採人員無法正常採訪。

以下是聲明全文。

【傳真社停止運作聲明】

是時候說再見了。

傳真社2015年由3,300人支持成立,是香港人創下的歷史紀錄,亦是一個夢想的實現。

回顧這6年多的日子,開初我們不斷摸索如何經營一間屬於香港的調查報道通訊社,一邊跌跌碰碰,一邊恪守著創立時的原則與理念。我們曾經大膽嘗試,遇過挫折,試過迷路、修正、改進、突破、堅守……默默用嚴謹的報道去換取信任與認同,一步一步走到今天。

傳真社曾面對財政危機,一度裁減至兩名記者,有賴公眾的支持及陪伴,支撐著我們財政回復穩健,穩步成長,有機會與香港一同經歷無數重要時刻,我們亦為追尋事實真相竭盡所能。

近年傳媒行業巨變,傳真社屢次思考是否仍有繼續下去的空間,但每次最終都決定本著信念,謹守崗位、報道事實。

惜萬物有時,現在是時候告別了。

感謝信任、支持、關心我們的人,給我們力量走到今天;

感謝批評和監察我們的人,令我們變得更強更好;

感謝曾與我們共事、一同為真相努力的人,有你一同寫下歷史,與有榮焉。

傳真社於即日起(6月10日星期五)停止運作,員工將按既定程序遣散,每月訂閱的款項會即日停止轉帳。

大家珍重。

傳真社

2022年6月10日

June 10, 2022

Termination of Operation

It is time for us to bid you farewell.

Founded in 2015 with the support of a history-making 3,300 Hong Kongers, the establishment of the FactWire News Agency was a remarkable feat, and a dream come true.

For the past six years, we have done our best to keep this publicly-funded investigative news agency afloat in Hong Kong, whilst adhering to the highest standards of journalistic integrity. Through the ups and downs, we have always kept our mission - and our principles - near and dear to our hearts.

We were bold. We encountered obstacles. We overcame them. Once or twice, we lost our way. But every step we took, we took in the hope of honestly earning the trust of our readers. We hope we did.

At one point, FactWire downsized to just two employees. But thanks to the continual and generous support of you, the public, we were able to navigate our dire financial straits. We continued to strive to do our very best in pursuit of truth.

In recent years, the media has contended with great change. Despite having wrestled many times with the difficult decision as to whether to continue our journalistic work, we had always come to the same affirmative conclusion: to stand fast to our core values and beliefs, and to always report the facts.

But to every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose. It has, at last, come time to end our journey.

We wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to:

All those who trusted and supported us, who gave us the drive to continue our work

All those who offered their criticism and scrutiny, who motivated us to become better journalists

All those who have worked with us. It is our honour to have been witnesses to, and scribes of Hong Kong’s history with you.

The FactWire News Agency will cease operation as of today, Friday, June 10, 2022. All staff will be dismissed in accordance with pre-established procedures. All monthly subscriptions will also be suspended as of today.

Take care.

FactWire News Agency

June 22, 2022

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