Frontline journalists facing hostile, hateful copsLocal | 8 Jul 2019 12:58 pm
The chairman of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, Chris Yeung, said today that journalists are being targeted by police and some police appear to hate front line journalists, RTHK reports.
"We are afraid that it is not just unfriendly. It seems that there is a feeling of hostility and even hate to it in some quarters of the police towards front line journalists," he said.
Yeung said during their operation in Mong Kok last night, at one instance police advanced their cordon line despite the fact that only journalists were there and there were no protesters in the area.
"Why they still proceed in ... such a manner, creating unnecessary chaos? That could only cause concern that police officers were targeting journalists," he said.
The HKJA chief said the police commissioner Stephen Lo Wai-chung appears friendly during press briefings, but that alone is not helping.
"But that really doesn't [have any] meaning to the front line journalists trying to do their job. On occasions of marches and demonstrations, people doing the operations, whether it is a clean up or law and order in public places, they have done just the opposite," he said.
Yeung told RTHK's Timmy Sung that he hopes officials, from the commissioner to the those in charge of the operations, will get a better understanding on the needs of the media.