雙記協譴責警清場推撞記者 Press Assns Condemn Police over Insults & Jostling
記者組織厲譴責警方清場時多次推撞、喝罵、甚至襲擊記者，行為嚴重阻礙採訪，妨礙新聞自由。… Continue reading
The Hong Kong Journalists Association and the Hong Kong Press Photographers Association issued a joint statement, sternly condemning the police for repeatedly using shields to push the front line reporters and their cameras, yelled at and even assaulted reporters, thus impeded freedom of the press.
The statement stated that most reporters on scene wore vests with “PRESS” printed on them, carried press passes on them and identified themselves as journalists. They added that despite following police instructions to step away from the front line, journalists faced “malicious jostling” from the police.
The two unions said similar acts against journalists had repeatedly occurred during recent protests.
“We hope the police to reflect on the issue, to respect the right for media to report, to defend press freedom and to protect the public’s right to know,” they said.
Civil Rights Watch said that many protesters questioned why plainclothes officers and the Special Tectical Squad did not display their warrants and police officer number when on duty in accordance with the Police General Order. They were also concerned about journalists have been pushed and rudely treated by the police.