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Hong Kong journalism schools speak out against media access restrictions

Seven Hong Kong journalism schools have criticised the police for limiting media access to government-approved news outlets and reducing access to press briefing.
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Hong Kong journalism schools speak out against media access restrictions

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Seven Hong Kong journalism schools have criticised the police for limiting media access to government-approved news outlets and reducing access to press briefing.

In a rare joint statement, the Universities urged the Hong Kong Police Force to reverse the “ill-advised” policy, declaring it would restrict news reporting.

A draft statement by the journalism department of Baptiste University claims that the new policy would give “clear instructions to officers to disperse non-mainstream journalists who have done no wrong and only exercising their right to gather information.”

the new policy would give “clear instructions to officers to disperse non-mainstream journalists who have done no wrong”

The Hong Kong Journalists Association is taking legal advice. They may engage in a judicial review to determine if the amended guidelines breach Basic Law guarantees of press freedom.

Chief Superintendent, Kwok Ka-chuen, argues that the changes offer more transparency and do not affect Hong Kong’s press freedom.


Editor: Emily Im

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