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HKJA Condemns Arrest of TV Crew Member in Mongkok


The Hong Kong Journalists Association condemns the arrest of a Now TV news crew member while covering the Police clearance of Occupy protestors in Mong Kok. This is an outright violation of the media’s right to report. We demand the immediate release of the technician.
 
HKJA also calls on the police to investigate the incident and bring those responsible to account. If there is insufficient evidence to press charges the police should apologise to the technician concerned. 
 
The police said one of their officers was "hit" by a ladder carried by the technician who was then pushed to the ground despite his identification as a member of the media. The technician was subsequently arrested for allegedly assaulting the police. However, anyone with some basic knowledge of TV filming will know that a ladder is used only to get better shots at the scene. Policemen on the spot have also barred other journalists from filming the arrest and helping the technician. He suffered various bruises on his face and body from the arrest. 
 
Since the Occupy Movement took place, police officers not only dispersed the protesters during their operation or if there is a dispute, they also treat journalists forcibly even after they have identified themselves. Previously, at least 25 journalists were hurt and HKJA, with other news unions, had a meeting with the police to express our concerns. Yet, the police have not taken any concrete steps to minimise the dangers of news covering. That they unreasonably arrested a journalist this time around is outrageous. 
 
HKJA calls on the police to investigate the incident and bring those responsible to account. If there is insufficient evidence to press charges, the police should apologise to the technician concerned. HKJA reiterates its demand that Tsang Wai-Hung, the Commissioner of the Police, should conduct a review and make improvements in order to avoid similar events in future. 
 
 
Hong Kong Journalists Association 
26 November 2014 
 
26/11/2014 11:03   updated more
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