Officers arrests numerous journalists, accuses a CityU journalist for suspected theft of Octopus card and sexually assaults as ‘Gay whore’, threatens to rape

The government plans to set up 18 designated coronavirus clinics in different districts to treat patients who have developed mild symptoms of infection. This has triggered a backlash against the plan from the residents including those who live near Tseung Kwan O (Po Ning Road) general out-patient clinic. On 9 Feb, there was an online call for gathering in the district to mark the passing of a student Alex Chow Tsz-Lok, police fired tear gas and rubber bullets. In a Facebook post, the force said 60 were arrested during the operation for unlawful assembly and disorderly conduct in a public place.

Police made several evictions and arrests, including a student journalist from City Broadcasting Channel (CBC). CBC made an announcement saying one of their journalists was stopped and arrested for suspected theft during a report in Sheung Ming House Sheung Tak Estate at 2am. The announcement also pointed out the journalist was reporting with press pass and reflective vest. CBC condemned the police of conducting arbitrary arrests and urged the force to release the journalist.

Furthermore, a journalist from Mad Dog Daily was rebuked by officers, then subdued on the floor and arrested. An Australian journalist was also arrested.

According to CBC, officers broke into the residential area of Kwong Ming House in Tseung Kwan O at midnight on 9 Feb, pointing pepper sprays at bystanders. The journalist, who was wearing a reflective vest and press pass, was on the scene to record yet the officers still pepper sprayed him in a short distance. He immediately cleaned himself at somewhere near. Afterwards, an officer told his fellow,’He was the one who barred me just now, arrest him!’ Officers then arrested the journalist, insulted him with foul languages and called him ‘corrupted journalists’.

CBC continuously revealed when officers charged the journalist onto a tourist bus, then continually sexual assaulted him verbally, e.g. calling him ‘effing gay whore’ and threatened to rape him. CBC censured the force arbitrarily arrest journalist, depriving freedom of press, showing no respect to arrested person and sexually assaulted journalists.

Basic Law Article 27
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

Basic Law Article 28
The freedom of the person of Hong Kong residents shall be inviolable.

Cap. 232A Police (Discipline) Regulations Part I
3. Disciplinary Offences
(2)The offences against discipline are—
(c)conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline;

Cap. 480 Sex Discrimination Ordinance
2. Interpretation
(5)For the purposes of this Ordinance, a person (howsoever described) sexually harasses a woman if—
(a)the person—
(i)makes an unwelcome sexual advance, or an unwelcome request for sexual favours, to her; or
(ii)engages in other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature in relation to her, in circumstances in which a reasonable person, having regard to all the circumstances, would have anticipated that she would be offended, humiliated or intimidated; or
(b)the person, alone or together with other persons, engages in conduct of a sexual nature which creates a hostile or intimidating environment for her. (Amended 29 of 2008 s. 91)
(8)A provision of Part 3 or 4 framed with reference to sexual harassment of women shall be treated as applying equally to the treatment of men and for that purpose that provision, and subsections (5) and (7), shall have effect with such modifications as are necessary.

Related:0208 three months after the passing of HKUST Student Alex Chow Tsz-Lok

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