'You're to blame' cop tells reporter

Central Station | 18 Jul 2019

Reporters are to blame for the social unrest in Hong Kong, a policeman shouted at a Commercial Radio reporter during the Sha Tin clash on Sunday.

Chan Ho-wai, who was the reporter assaulted by police with batons and told to "report your mother" during the June 12 protest, said the incident occurred after he revealed his identity as a journalist.

On Monday, Chan posted a video he took when he covered the clash on Sunday.

When taking videos with his phone on a street in Sha Tin, he was repeatedly pushed away by police with riot shields, who shouted "get away! Don't obstruct our work!"

He also recalled a policeman proclaiming: "It's you reporters who disrupt society!"

A policeman also stopped him from cleaning the pepper spray on his face with a towel and ordered him to leave.

He was also stopped by the same team of police officers from walking to New Town Plaza, but he was not obstructed after accompanying some passers-by.

"This means the police were targeting me," Chan said.

Commercial Radio mentioned the incident in its news broadcast yesterday, and the news department expressed its outrage and regret over the two occasions where Chan was obstructed.

The Hong Kong Journalists Association and Hong Kong Press Photographers Association also issued a joint statement to strongly condemn the police for obstructing and attacking Chan on Sunday.

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