Hong Kong: Police cancel press conference as journalists stage silent protest

Hong Kong Police cancelled a press conference on Monday after six journalists staged a silent protest by wearing helmets bearing slogans like “stop violence and stop telling lies.”

The force asked the journalists to either take their hats off or leave the event, claiming that “this is not a place to stage a protest.”

When they refused, the police cut their live transmission and called off the press conference.

After leaving the police station, Ronson Chan, an executive member of Hong Kong Journalists Association, told the press that they were “discontent” with the treatment of journalists by officers during anti-government demonstrations.

Two journalists were arrested over the weekend, prompting the response. Protests and interruptions from journalists at police press conferences have happened before. On October 28, one reporter read a statement that criticized law enforcement, saying they treated members of the media violently and prevented them from covering the protests in the city.

According to local media, the journalists involved were from Stand News, RTHK, Ming Pao, AM730, Initium and Inmedia.

Police did later deliver a press conference, detailing incidents that had taken place over the weekend.

Source: Ruptly; Yahoo; Inmedia; brought to you by GNews.

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