14th August 2019 – (Hong Kong) The Hong Kong Journalists Association issued a statement today to express their deepest regrets over two reporters from Mainland China being obstructed by Hong Kong protesters, and condemns any violent acts against journalists.
Excerpts of the statement:
In the past week, there were incidents where a reporter from China News Agency was demanded to delete videos on his device by protesters; and a Global Times journalist was assaulted, searched and tied up. Both of them did not have a press card when the clashes happened.
We urge Hong Kong citizens to respect any ID-wearing journalist who faithfully performs the role of the fourth estate. By no means should anyone impede the reporting process or intervene with the freedom of the press.
To avoid any misunderstanding, the Association also calls for Mainland reporters to display their press ID while reporting on massive demonstrations in Hong Kong, so that protesters can easily identify them. The general public has the right to decide whether or not they would like to be interviewed or recorded by any organisation.
Hong Kong Journalists Association