Press photographers take aim at cops for brutality

Friday, June 14, 2019

The Hong Kong Press Photographer Association has today condemned the “brutal” behavior of police against journalists covering the protests since Sunday.

In a statement, the group said some policemen did not follow the “Police General Orders,” and insulted, obstructed and endangered the safety of journalists, which seriously damaged the freedom of press as enshrined in the Basic Law as well as people's right to know.

The group said it is also dissatisfied with the simple responses to journalists' queries by the Police Commissioner Stephen Lo Wai-chung in a press briefing yesterday.

The group requested police to ensure that riot police have their identification numbers visible so journalists can follow up with complaints.

It also said it is evident from the protests that some officers cannot maintain emotional control and requested police to improve the professionalism and ethics of police.