Hong Kong’s professional journalism institution on Thursday cautioned new rules limiting who will offer media coverage during presentations, saying the government has no right to ascertain who is or is not a reporter.
The principles outlined at a Tuesday letter from authorities are criticized because of further erosion of this semi-autonomous Chinese land’s once strong press freedoms because Beijing inflicted a sweeping national safety legislation in June which has had a very chilling effect on political speech.
Just journalists registered with the Government News and Media Information Service or associates of”globally trusted and recognized” overseas press outlets will be known as journalists throughout protests, according to the authorities letter.
This seems to undercut the jurisdiction of the Hong Kong Journalists Association and Hong Kong Press Photographers Association to vet applicants for membership and also issue media cards, putting that right entirely at the hands of police officers, as would be the situation in southern China.
“Police cannot be allowed to use administrative method to display only formally recognized press, thus endangering the basic rights of those of Hong Kong,” the Hong Kong Journalists Association said in a statement.
In their correspondence, the authorities said their aim is to weed out troublemakers posing as journalists that they state disrupted police actions against protesters over a few months of sometimes violent anti-government demonstrations.
“After the change, the definition of’media agents’ is becoming clearer and more unequivocal, permitting front-line officers to effectively and quickly check the identity of network agents to ensure facilitation can be given without compromising authorities operational efficacy,” the authorities letter stated.
regulations render it to the authorities to ascertain what media outlets are”globally recognized and reliable” and may discriminate against independent and freelancers and student journalists, who frequently work independently with minimal infrastructure and equipment.
Hong Kong has fallen steadily in Reporters Without Borders annual World Press Freedom Index, decreasing seven locations this season to 80.
Hong Kong’s press liberty”is currently in escape as a consequence of pressure from Beijing,” the band said, mentioning among instances the expulsion of Financial Times Asia editor Victor Mallet at October 2018 afterwards he chaired a even in the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong which was convicted by Beijing.
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