Police Searched HKBU Student Reporter, Insulting Him, “Fake Reporters, No Right Of Reporting”
Police Tactical Unit (PTU) set a police cordon line at the bus stop near Statue Square and searched passengers who alighted. The police stopped and searched a student reporter of Hong Kong Baptist University(HKBU) who was wearing a reflective vest and trying to get closer and shoot. He was accused of being a “fake reporter” so he “did not have the right of reporting”. The police searched the student reporter’s properties for several times intentionally and insulted him verbally, requesting him not to “pretend to be a reporter” as he is “just a university student”.
Article 27 of the Basic Law:
Hong Kong residents shall have freedom of speech, of the press and of publication; freedom of association, of assembly, of procession and of demonstration; and the right and freedom to form and join trade unions, and to strike.
Cap.232A of The Laws of Hong Kong — Police (Discipline) Regulations Part I Article 3：
(2)The offences against discipline are—
(j)making a statement which is false in a material particular in the course of his duty or in connexion with the discharge by the police force of any of its duties or functions;
Cap.232 of The Laws of Hong Kong — Police Law Ordinance Article 54(2)：(2)If a police officer finds any person in any street or other public place, or on board any vessel, or in any conveyance, at any hour of the day or night, whom he reasonably suspects of having committed or of being about to commit or of intending to commit any offence, it shall be lawful for the police officer—(a)to stop the person for the purpose of demanding that he produce proof of his identity for inspection by the police officer;(b)to detain the person for a reasonable period while the police officer enquires whether or not the person is suspected of having committed any offence at any time;(c)to search the person for anything that is likely to be of value (whether by itself or together with anything else) to the investigation of any offence that the person has committed, or is reasonably suspected of having committed or of being about to commit or of intending to commit; and(d)to detain the person during such period as is reasonably required for the purpose of such a search.
Any police officer who does not have reasonable doubts before taking the above actions will commit an offense.
Police General Orders Ch 39
39-05 Working with Media Representatives
All officers at the scene of an incident shall:-
(a) facilitate the work of the news media as much as possible and accord media representatives consideration and courtesy; and
(b) not block camera lenses.
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