Riot police arbitrarily search journalists and first-aiders

A group of journalists and first aiders were standing by for the protest against making The Hong Kong Polytechnic University residential hall as an isolation camp. Riot police suddenly commanded the journalists and first aiders to line up one by one, searched their belongings, checked their identity cards and copied personal information. It is rare for police to group search journalists who wear reflective vests.

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.

“Police General Orders” Chapter 39 No.39-05:
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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