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【旺角「騷亂」】多名記者採訪遇襲 記協發聲明譴責

2016-2-9 15:10
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延至今日清晨才大致平息的旺角「騷亂」,多名記者採訪其間被示威者及警員擊襲,或被示威者擋鏡頭,記協發聲明譴責有關行為,並促執法人員尊重記者的採訪自由,現轉載聲明。

多名記者採訪騒動遇襲 記協強烈譴責暴力行為

對多名記者在旺角騒亂中遇襲受傷,並一度成為滋事者的襲擊目標以阻擋採訪,香港記者協會感到極度憤怒,並嚴厲譴責這種妄顧他人生命安全及粗暴妨礙採訪自由的暴力行為。

周二凌晨旺角警民衝突不斷升級,大批記者到場採訪,騷亂中多名新聞工作者受傷或遭指罵,包括
1. 有線電視一名攝影師在豉油街採訪時,頭部被磚頭擊中受傷;
2. 香港電台記者在西洋菜街拍攝期間,一名滋事者向記者方向投擲磚塊,記者手上的錄音器材因此損壞;
3. 無綫電視一名攝影師在旺角拍攝示威者焚燒雜物和撬起路磚期間,有人以碎玻璃樽擲向攝影師,阻止他拍攝,攝影師用手擋開時被割傷; 另一名無線記者在彌敦道被示威者包圍,遭粗言指罵,阻止記者採訪;

記協指出,上述多宗暴力行為嚴重踐踏新聞自由,破壞香港核心價值,卻無助於解決香港當前的社會矛盾。記協要求警方徹查事件,將行兇者繩之於法。
記協同時呼籲傳媒機構管理層高度關注記者採訪時的安全問題,並重新檢視及提升記者的安全裝備。

另外, 明報記者在一雙層巴士上拍攝,被警員驅趕下車後,即被警員用盾牌制服按地、警棍打後腦及腳踢,記者表明身份無效,頭部需縫一針。記協譴責有關警員暴力的行為,呼籲執法人員尊重記者的採訪自由。

HKJA Statement on the New Year’s Night Riot in Mong Kok

The Hong Kong Journalists Association condemns in no uncertain terms the violence that rocked Mongkok last night, resulting in several journalists being hurt.

There is no place in Hong Kong for the resolution of political or other differences within our community through violence. Least of all wanton attacks on members of the media whose job is to inform our people what exactly is happening on our streets and in our community without fear or favour.

A TVB cameraman filming a torching was attacked with a broken glass bottle, sustaining a hand wound while trying to protect himself. Another cameraman from Cable TV was hit in the head by a brick thrown by rioters. A journalist from RTHK, was hit by bricks thrown by rioters. His audio equipment was smashed.

A Ming Pao journalist was ordered to leave a double-decker where he was filming the riot. Upon exiting the bus, he was pushed onto the ground; hit on his head and kicked by some policemen. This was despite his production of a press card. The journalist required a stitch on his head.

There is no excuse whatsoever for resorting to violence to resolve differences.

We call on the police to bring the perpetrators to book, and peace and order be restored immediately.

We would also remind the management of media organizations their obligation to provide front-line journalists with adequate protection gear for their reporting on riots.

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