HKJA condemns violence against reporter at airport

Hong Kong Journalist Association expressed regret over two recent cases of mainland journalists being obstructed by protesters as they did their work. The association also condemns acts of violence against journalists.

At the weekend, a group of protesters has demanded a reporter from Hong Kong China News Agency to delete pictures she took. On Tuesday night, a reporter from the mainland’s Global Times was surrounded by protesters. He was being tied up. Both reporters did not show their press cards when the incidents occurred.

HKJA urge people to give respect to reporters who have clearly shown their identification documents and exercised the fourth power. Their reporting work should not be obstructed. Doing so will interfere with press freedom.

In order to avoid misunderstanding, HKJA also urges mainland journalists to clearly show their press cards when they cover large-scale demonstrations and rallies in Hong Kong. This will help people identify journalists and for them to decide whether they give consent to giving interviews and allowing photo-taking by journalists from their relevant organisations.

Hong Kong Journalists Association

14 August 2019

Joint Statement by Hong Kong Journalists Association and Hong Kong Press Photographers Association: Condemnation of Violent Assaults against Journalists by People Gathering in North Point