香港記者協會和攝影記者協會等8個香港媒體工會發表聯合聲明，指新政策「嚴重影響採訪和新聞自由」，這將加速香港走向極權統治的步伐。 他們要求廢除新政策。 否則他們將以「必要措施」作出回應。
Hong Kong police have controversially decided to recognise only journalists from news organisations accredited with the government, sparking concern and criticism from the city’s press groups.
In a letter to 4 local journalist groups from the police on Tuesday, only journalists from media organisations registered with the Government News and Media Information System (GNMIS) and “internationally known and renowned” foreign press would be recognised while credentials from the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) and Hong Kong Press Photographers Association (HKPPA), previously recognised, would no longer be accepted.
The move is a direct assault on the city’s press freedoms, with troubling and wide-ranging implications. It comes just weeks after about 200 police raided the newsroom of Apple Daily and arrested its outspoken founder and publisher, Jimmy Lai. Police have in past months stepped up their unsupported accusations that there are lots of “fake reporters” at protests.
The new policy came months after police chief Chris Tang apologised to the press for “undesirable treatment” after some officers ordered journalists to kneel, stop filming and fired pepper spray at them during a protest in May.
In a statement jointly issued by 8 Hong Kong media unions, including the HKJA and HKPPA, the new policy “seriously affecting reporting and press freedoms” which will hasten Hong Kong’s move toward totalitarian rule. They demanded the new policy be scrapped. If not, they would respond with “necessary measures.”
“Police unilaterally made such a major amendment without discussion and consultation, destroying a relationship that was built over many years,” said the statement.
Last October, Chief Executive Carrie Lam denied rumours that her administration was considering introducing a system of centralised registration for journalists.