Journalist accused of rioting. TMHK condemns HK Police for the obstruction of Press Freedom
Our journalist “YuenLong" was arrested by the Police and accused of riot crime.
“YuenLong" was sent to Mong Kok for an assignment on the first day of the Lunar New Year. However, we were informed at around midnight that one of our reporters was arrested. He was suspected to have obstructed the police in execution of lawful duties at Mong Kok district.
“YuenLong" was not allowed to bail. After being detained for over 48 hours , he was charged with committing riot crime in Kowloon City Magistrates’ Court. The Magistrate granted him bail at five thousand HK dollars. “YuenLong" has to live in his claimed address and was banned from presence in the following areas during his bail: Mong Kok Road, Garden Street, Dundas Street and Shanghai Street. Exception being made for changing transport in the areas mentioned above. His case will be examined later on 7 April.
TMHK was shocked at the accusation of obstructing the police in execution of lawful duties and riot crime against our reporter at work. To us, this accusation is simply incomprehensible.
Reporters have the freedom to exercise his right to interview and report what happened that night, and in fact any day or night if he deemed it newsworthy. TMHK hereby strongly condemns Hong Kong Police for any action of obstructing journalism and press freedom.
TMHK Editorial Board