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US News Hong Kong police revise definition of "journalists"

23:40  22 september  2020
23:40  22 september  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

Security: "Gérald Darmanin needs to target the traffickers in order to persist politically", denounces the LFI deputy Ugo Bernalicis

 Security: France rebellious is organizing a conference on security this Monday © Nicolas Messyasz / SIPA The deputy (LFI) of the North , Ugo Bernalicis. INTERVIEW - France rebellious is organizing a symposium on security this Monday It is, according to La France rebellious , the time to "come to sanity" in matters of security .

Un policier anti-émeute repousse le micro d'un journaliste avec sa matraque lors d'une manifestation à Hong Kong, le 21 juillet 2020. © AP Photo / Kin Cheung Riot policeman pushes journalist's microphone back with baton during protest in Hong Kong on July 21, 2020

The Hong Kong police announced on Tuesday that they would no longer recognize journalists who are members of the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) as full journalists, but only those accredited to the government or members of a internationally recognized press organ.

With our correspondent in Hong Kong, Florence de Changy

In the former British colony, the announcement made on Tuesday by the Hong Kong police has cast a new chill on its relations with the press. In the raid on the opposition Apple Daily on August 10, the police had already sorted out what they considered "reasonable" media to be from the rest. Reuters and Hong Kong Public Radio were not admitted.

The failed escape of the "12 from Hong Kong", a nightmare for their families

 The failed escape of the © Provided by Le Point Hoang was so used to sleeping that it was without arousing suspicion that this 16-year-old Hong Kong man made his bag and one evening left the apartment of the family that hosted him. Soon after, he was arrested by the Chinese Coast Guard at sea as he fled to Taiwan.

For the police, it is therefore a matter of cleaning up the ranks of those they call "bogus journalists" who, by their presence, complicate the task during dispersal operations. But several serious incidents during the months of violent confrontations between police and protesters have been documented precisely thanks to the presence of journalism students there. These include the first shot fired at very close range at a young protester, and more recently, the brutal knocking down of a 12-year-old schoolgirl by several police officers.

The Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) has not stopped denouncing police abuses against journalists since the start of the events of 2019. An Indonesian journalist has thus lost an eye while she was covering a demonstration and several journalists were injured, arrested and fined in the performance of their duties. HKJA and six other organizations called on the police to reverse their decision.

Forced to be confined without a manifest Covid-19 case, Chinese students rebel .
© Provided by France 24 Students write a slogan inspired by pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, at Dongguan University (left) . Students demonstrate at their window in Xi'an (right). On the weekend of September 20, , students from several Chinese universities demonstrated in the windows of their dormitories against the confinement imposed on their campus, while no case of Covid-19 had been established. They took the opportunity to add a few demands on their daily lives… and some were heard.

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