Macau Asia Satellite Television
|Availability||Macau, China, Hong Kong|
|1 June 2001|
Macau Asia Satellite Television or MASTV (traditional Chinese: 澳亞衛視; simplified Chinese: 澳亚卫视; pinyin: Àoyà Wèishì) is a television station located in Macau. It is known for its critical news coverage.
At the end of the year in November 2009, one of the news show criticised the government for allowing an old hotel building to be redeveloped into a slot machine arcade. In February 2010 eight journalists were summoned for questioning.
On 18 March 2010 seven labour officers and six police officers raided the station. The government was searching for illegal workers from mainland China and raided the station. According to an editor, Jackie Xie Qian, the raid took place at 6:30 pm right before the news broadcast. The journalists were questioned. He thought their critical coverage had offended the government and other powerful figures from the casino. But the government said the raid has nothing to do with the coverage. There were no illegal immigrants found.
Political columnists Anthony Wong dong said the raids targeted the station specifically. No other station has been searched in the past 10 years. The journalists from the station have reported many incidents of social injustice, including those related to labour issues.