Bao Choy appeals conviction over Yuen Long report

Local | 5 May 2021 6:15 pm

Former RTHK producer Bao Choy has filed an appeal against her conviction in connection with a documentary on the 2019 Yuen Long gang attack, saying not doing the right thing will “keep her up at night.”

The freelance journalist was fined HK$6,000 last month after being convicted of two violations of the Road Traffic Ordinance after she accessed public car registration records to investigate police behavior during the Yuen Long mob attacks for public broadcaster RTHK.

The magistrate found the journalist had “knowingly submitted misleading information” on the form requesting access to the database.

Her documentary program on the attacks had won a human rights press prize a day prior to her conviction, but RTHK had declined to accept it.

Writing on social media on Wednesday, the award-winning journalist said the decision to appeal was not taken lightly and she is prepared to take the matter all the way to the Court of Final Appeal if necessary.

“In this drastically changing political climate… more and more voices are being extinguished, it seems Hongkongers are getting used to not being able to speak up,” the journalist wrote.

She added that she was prepared for the case to go to the Court of Final Appeal. “As someone of the media, I have always been committed to reporting the facts and to always speak the truth.”

The documentary she produced – which was still available online as of Wednesday despite the government broadcaster's purge of older programs – shed more light on how police failed to prevent or respond to the Yuen Long rampage which left dozens in hospital.

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