Hong Kong gov’t’s blind eye to police abuses is a threat to press freedom

When the police treat Hong Kong’s free media as the enemy, they are doing the same to the 7.4 million people who live in this city

Kent Ewing | 3 November 2019 13:00

Riot police firing pepper spray at Initium Media photographer Lam Chun-tung, Causeway Bay, September 29, 2019. Photo: Nasha Chan/Stand News.
Riot police firing pepper spray at Initium Media photographer Lam Chun-tung, Causeway Bay, September 29, 2019. Photo: Nasha Chan/Stand News.

What could be more ironic than a group of masked policemen arrayed in head-to-foot protective riot gear demanding that a credentialed frontline journalist remove her own mask when the threat of police-deployed tear gas and pepper spray is always present in Hong Kong’s streets these days?

The Hong Kong government, via its ill-chosen police proxy of the last five months, has shown nothing but contempt and animosity for journalists exercising their constitutionally granted rights under the Basic Law. Reporters have been kicked, slapped and beaten by police. They have been hit with tear gas, pepper spray, water cannon jets, rubber bullets, sponge grenades and bean bag rounds. It’s frustrating, it’s exhausting and it’s dangerous. But that’s no excuse for beating up the press.

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Source: HKFP

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GM31

"For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed." [John 3:20] Nov. 05, 2019