Journalism professor Cherian George to join Hong Kong university in August

Political commentator and media academic Cherian George is joining the Hong Kong Baptist University's School of Communication in August. -- ST FILE PHOTO: DESMOND LUI
Political commentator and media academic Cherian George is joining the Hong Kong Baptist University's School of Communication in August. -- ST FILE PHOTO: DESMOND LUI

Political commentator and media academic Cherian George is joining the Hong Kong Baptist University's School of Communication in August.

Dr George will take up the post of associate professor under an initial contract for three years, the South China Morning Post reported today. The move was confirmed by the university.

The 49-year-old was previously a journalism professor at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and a former Straits Times journalist.

He left his teaching position at NTU in February after his tenure application to the university was denied last year and his appeal turned down.

There was speculation at the time that NTU's decision was politically motivated due to Dr George's past criticism of the Government.

In a blog post, Dr George said that the move to Hong Kong would "let me continue my journalism research, teaching and advocacy while remaining in Asia".

"That I can't do so in my homeland is my loss, but I'm hopeful that this will be made up for by the stimulation of an invigorating new environment," he said.