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Docu row enters vicious cycle

Docu row enters vicious cycle

The late honorary secretary general of the Hong Kong Cycling Association Jonhnny Chan Chung-yu was revealed as the middleman who helped the production team of the controversial documentary To My Nineteen-Year-Old Self line up an interview with cycling queen Sarah Lee Wai-sze after a Japan race in 2016.
Secretary for Education Christine Choi Yuk-lin said she has not watched the 136-minute documentary recording the secondary school life of six girls from Ying Wa Girls' School, filmed by renowned director Mabel Cheung Yuen-ting, an alumnus of the school.

Despite the association denying on Tuesday having assisted in lining up the interview, the documentary's producer Eunice Wong Wai wrote in a letter to media yesterday that the team had obtained an entry permit from the tournament's organizer.

"The crew had obtained an entry permit after the school directly applied to the organizer of the race in Japan. The team also received a press pass, a designated vest from the organizer, and was allowed to film within the press area," Wong said.

She added that the crew had told Chan they were filming the documentary for Ying Wah Girls' School, and hoped to interview Lee on her experience balancing cycling and studies.

Public screenings of the documentary have been suspended since Monday amid a row over privacy invasion, as Lee and two of the girls featured in it said Cheung and her crew did not get their consent for the screening.

"I will not watch, and I won't recommend you watch the film," said Lee on her Facebook on Sunday.

The two girls, Wong Cheuk-ling and Sheh Lai-mei, said they had tried their best to stop the public screening and thought that it was for fund-raising purposes.

Cheung and the school's former principal, Ruth Lee Shek Yuk-yu later apologized.

Choi, the education minister, said the school has set up a crisis management team to follow up on the matter.

"I myself haven't watched it," she said. "But I was informed that the school involved has arranged assistance for students affected by it."

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