Hong Kong: investigative journalist Bao Choy convicted of “false statements”

first_img May 26, 2021 Find out more On 22nd April, Bao Choy (real name Choy Yuk Ling) was convicted for making false statements by the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts and fined HK$ 6,000 (about €650). She was accused of accessing the vehicle registration database in her efforts to obtain information whilst doing research for an award winning documentary which highlighted police inaction during a 2019 mob attack that targeted pro-democracy demonstrators in the district of Yuen Long. “Bao Choy was only doing her job and collecting information in the public’s interest and should never have been prosecuted, let alone convicted and fined”, says Cédric Alviani, RSF East Asia bureau head. “The fact that a journalistic investigation could become a punishable offence highlights the extent of the recent decline in press freedom in Hong Kong.”Last week, Jimmy Lai, 73, founder of Next Digital press group and its flagship newspaper Apple Daily and 2020 RSF Press Freedom Awards laureate, was sentenced to a total of one year and two months in prison taking part in two “unauthorised” protests. Lai faces six other procedures for which he risks up to a life sentence.Hong Kong, once a bastion of press freedom, has fallen from 18th place in 2002 to 80th place in the newly-released 2021 RSF World Press Freedom Index. The People’s Republic of China, for its part, has stagnated at 177th out of 180. April 22, 2021 – Updated on April 23, 2021 Hong Kong: investigative journalist Bao Choy convicted of “false statements” Follow the news on Hong Kong Hong KongAsia – Pacific Activities in the fieldMedia independence Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment Hong KongAsia – Pacific Activities in the fieldMedia independence Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment to go further RSF_en Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News Organisation center_img News News Hong Kong: RSF appeals to the UN to act for the release of Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by the Hong Kong court decision to convict investigative journalist Bao Choy of making alleged “false statements” whilst working on an award winning documentary for public media group Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK). PHOTO: PETER PARKS / AFP Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK): Patrick Li, Director of Broadcasting or political commissar? May 28, 2021 Find out more In order to bypass journalists, Hong Kong Chief Executive launches her own talk show on public television News April 29, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more