More Hong Kong reporters denied entry

Top News | Stella Wong 19 Dec 2019

Several more Hong Kong journalists with press passes from the Macau government were denied entry to the gambling hub ahead of President Xi Jinping's arrival.

Journalists from RTHK, Commercial Radio, TVB, Now TV and Apple Daily were sent back by Macau authorities, who found "strong indications" they might engage in activities endangering public safety and public order.

This came after a reporter each from South China Morning Post and Now TV were denied entry to Macau.

Expressing deep regret, the Hong Kong Journalists Association yesterday urged mainland and Macau authorities not to arbitrarily restrict the rights of reporters to cover events.

An RTHK reporter and a cameraman left Hong Kong by ferry at 7am yesterday along with some other reporters. As they arrived in Macau, they were met by plainclothes officers.

While the cameraman was allowed entry after hours of questioning and mobile phone checks, the reporter was sent back to Hong Kong.

A Now TV reporter was also denied entry for the same reasons when he arrived in Macau with four colleagues. The reporter was sent back after being held for over two hours. The other four gained entry.

The broadcaster said the reporter headed to Macau purely for reporting purposes.

Two Commercial Radio reporters arrived in Macau at 8am. One was denied entry after two hours of questioning and checks, while the other was granted entry.

A reporter and a cameraman from Apple Daily were also stopped at the checkpoint at the Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal and held for over three hours before being denied entry.

A TVB reporter was stopped at the artificial island at the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and sent back.

The Hong Kong News Executives' Association said it cannot accept Macau authorities' allegation that the barred journalists might endanger public order.

stellast.wong@singtaonewscorp.com

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