記協主席：警強扯記者面罩不文明 發律師信 Journalist Assn Decries Uncivilised Removal of Reporters’ Mask by Police
《禁蒙面法》本月5日起實施，保安局長李家超承諾記者工作受保障，香港記者協會主席楊健興今日稱，記協至今接獲共3宗傳媒投訴，有記者在催淚煙中被警員粗暴地強行扯甩面罩，批評做法不文明，發出律師信。… Continue reading
Chris Yeung, Chairman of Hong Kong Journalists’ Association, has complained that the security chief has broken his promise that journalists will be exempt from the anti-mask law after police violently ripped masks off several reporters, which was an uncivilised act.
Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu had stated journalists were exempt from the anti-mask law, which came into effect through emergency regulations at midnight on Saturday.
In a legal letter, the Hong Kong Journalists Association said it received numerous complaints from members who had been ordered by police, often in an aggressive manner, to remove their masks, or had their masks “violently removed” by police.
This happened even when the journalists clearly displayed their press credentials and were wearing high-visibility vests and helmets marked “Press,” the association added. It sought a “most urgent clarification” from the secretaries for justice and security, as well as the Commissioner of Police, on the applicability of the law to journalists doing their work.
It also asked if a journalist who wears a facial covering when reporting on a public event commits an offense under the anti-mask law.
The association also called on police officers to present their warrant cards and remove facial coverings when verifying the identities of journalists so journalists may verify the identity of the officer and record their warrant card number.