‘How can you become a reporter?’ said by a riot police teasing a journalist on wheelchair
A reporter on a wheelchair from the White Night, an online media, was teased by riot police during his task at the protest at Tuen Mun park. The police officer said ‘Wow! Even a handicapped can be a reporter!’ However, that officer did not have a number to differentiate him among others, the White Night could not file a complaint against him for discrimination.
The White Night posted on 27 Feb on Facebook, claiming that when two of their reporters were covering the march at Tuen Mun park, they were insulted by a riot police at the footbridge at Tuen Mun park by saying those words above.
The White Night pointed out that the reporter had been using wheelchair for a long time. He was a regular reporter at the frontline of clashes. The other reporter that witnessed the riot police’s insults on the wheelchair reporter. Unfortunately, the White Night could not complain the riot police for discrimination because he was not showing any IDs for recognition.
The White Night expressed their disappointment and anger for the extremely disrespectful acts from the police officers upon reporters, and their discriminating and taunting speech on the online media’s reporter. They expected the police to regulation officers’ words and deeds, and to safeguard the safety and the rights of reporters while they were covering scenes, instead of interfering them. The Stand News inquired the Hong Kong Police Force concerning this incident, yet they were not replied at this moment.
The online media White Night is formed by people from several backgrounds and aspects, who voluntarily covers scenes at clashes, most of the members are from a Christian media named ‘Christian Times’.
Cap. 232A “Police (Discipline) Regulations Part 1 No.3：
(2)The offences against discipline are—
(c)conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline;
Cap. 487 “Disability Discrimination Ordinance” Section 36：
(1)Subject to subsection (2), without prejudice to the operation of the other provisions of this Part in relation to the Government, it is unlawful for the Government to discriminate against a person with a disability in the performance of its functions or the exercise of its powers.
Cap. 487 “Disability Discrimination Ordinance” Section 46：
(1)It is unlawful for a person, by any activity in public, to incite hatred towards, serious contempt for, or severe ridicule of, another person with a disability or members of a class of persons with a disability.
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