採訪被指參與暴動 本台譴責警方妨礙採訪及新聞自由

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採訪被指參與暴動 本台譴責警方妨礙採訪及新聞自由
Journalist accused of rioting. TMHK condemns HK Police for the obstruction of Press Freedom

大年初一旺角衝突中,本台一名記者(筆名:元朗)於採訪期間被警方拘捕,並控以「暴動罪」。
Our journalist “YuenLong" was arrested by the Police and accused of riot crime.

他當時是被指派至旺角,採訪有本土派組織於網上號召市民聲援無牌熟食小販。接近午夜時,本台收到消息指有本台記者被捕,於是嘗試聯絡該記者,但未能成功,其後本台得知警方於現場以阻礙警方執行職務(俗稱「阻差辦公」)將他拘捕。
“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.

於未准保釋下,他被拘留超過四十八小時後,日前於九龍城裁判法院提堂,被控以「暴動罪」。縱然他最後獲准以五千元現金保釋,但期間要居住在報稱的住址,亦要遵守禁足令:除轉車外被禁止踏足旺角道、花園街、登打士街及上海街內的範圍,案件押後至四月七日再訊。
“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.

本台對有本台記者於採訪期間被警方以「阻礙警方執行職務」為由拘捕深表驚訝。其後警方更控告本台記者極嚴重的「暴動罪」,實在令人匪夷所思。
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.

記者拍攝及報導當晚事件為其職責所在,本台強烈譴責警方種種妨礙採訪及新聞自由的濫權行為。
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 編輯部
TMHK Editorial Board

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