Journalist stages protest at Hong Kong Police press conference

HONG KONG (dpa)- A female news producer subverted a Hong Kong police press conference on Monday by interrupting it to deliver a statement blasting officers' increasingly violent treatment of journalists over the past five months of unbroken anti-government protests.
The unexpected act of protest followed Sunday's rally in support of journalists, which was broken up by police wielding tear gas and rubber bullets.

A freelance photojournalist named May James was arrested while photographing the clashes, and two local news reporters were shot with non-lethal bullets believed to be beanbag rounds during dispersal operations.
Police left the press conference when producer Amy Ip shone a torch directly at the officers, exclaiming, "This is what you do to us." Ip berated the officers for injuring reporters and forcing them to remove their masks amidst heavy tear gas. 
Earlier in the day, the Foreign Correspondents' Club (FCC) issued a statement condemning James' arrest, stating that she spent the night in detention after she was forced to remove her respirator and was searched by police despite her press credentials. 
The FCC stressed the importance of an independent investigation into police conduct, saying that such arrests "undermine Hong Kong's reputation as a place where the media can work freely, without harassment or intimidation."  
The protests first broke out over a now-defunct extradition bill that would have allowed Hong Kong residents to be extradited to China, but the demands of the movement have grown to include universal suffrage and an independent inquiry into police violence.

Monday, October 28th 2019

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