The disclosure that the most well-respected Hong Kong newspaper, the South China Morning Post, ran a story that was clearly planted by the Government-controlled press in Mainland China, has probably dealt a fatal blow to the credibility of the paper, and cast doubt on its future ability to carry stories that are critical of Beijing.
The Hong Kong-based daily was purchased by a Mainland China business magnate, and it appears that promises of integrity and objectivity in content will not be kept. Whether this "arrangement" is being practiced, unofficially, at other Hong Kong media is not known. How much new management goes on in Hong Kong ?
Add this to the fact that three Mainland China Internet news sites, which have carried negative news in the past, have been shut down, and one wonders whether it is prudent to rely upon ANY Chinese news sources, when conducting due diligence investigations, in the future.