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RTHK producer arrest: Journalism groups slam Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam for ‘breaching’ press freedom pledge

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Local journalism groups have slammed Hong Kong chief executive for “breaching” her election promise to safeguard press freedom following the arrest of an RTHK producer. They also urged the government to include “news-related purposes” as an option for reporters conducting public record searches.

The Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) and several news outlet unions held a press conference on Thursday to criticise Tuesday’s arrest of Choy Yuk-ling, who co-produced a documentary on the Yuen Long attacks for public broadcaster Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK).

Photo: Rachel Wong/HKFP.

Choy was accused of making a false statement for the purpose of obtaining a certificate under the Road Traffic Ordinance. “7.21 Who Owns the Truth” – an episode of RTHK’s Hong Kong Connection – was co-produced by Choy and investigated the 2019 Yuen Long mob attack. By examining license plate numbers of vehicles that appeared on the scene, reporters visited the homes of several individuals alleged to have been present on the night.

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