Baptist students demand release of university reporterLocal | 16 Sep 2019 5:30 pm
Dozens of Baptist University students marched on campus today demanding the institution's management offer support to a student reporter arrested last night, RTHK reports.
The journalist was covering disturbances in Fortress Hill for the university's news channel when he was arrested by police, reportedly after he was found to be carrying a table knife. The student's friends said he had kept the knife for cutting mooncakes.
One of the student reporters who was at the scene last night told campus radio that she was stopped from filming the search by police who said she should not obstruct their work. Later, when she tried to use her phone to notify seniors and lecturers about the incident, police prohibited that also, she said.
The student reporter also said police behaved rudely and this was the first time their bags had been searched. All the students had vests that clearly indicated they represented the media, she said.
Demonstrating students chanted slogans such as "release the arrested reporter!" as they marched through the Kowloon Tong campus over the arrest.
They urged management to provide the arrested student with legal and financial assistance and for it to condemn the police for making "unjust" arrests.
Some of the students gathered outside the office of the university's president, Ronald Chin, to demand a meeting with him.
Chin had earlier sent an email to students, staff and alumni saying the university was deeply concerned about the arrest and that management had contacted the police to urge them to handle the case fairly.-Photo: RTHK