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Saturday, November 09, 2019, 22:31
Violence against TVB cameraman condemned
By Chen Zimo
Saturday, November 09, 2019, 22:31 By Chen Zimo

Bricks are scattered on Tong Ming Street, Tseung Kwan O, on Nov 8, 2019. (PHOTO / CHINA DAILY)

HONG KONG - Media groups have condemned a violent attack on a Television Broadcasts (TVB) cameraman in Mong Kok on Friday.

The cameraman was covering protests in Mong Kok on Friday night when a group of black-clad protesters confronted him and asked if he worked for TVB.  They then snatched his camera and tripod and smashed the equipment with metal rods.

The TVB cameraman was taken to hospital with neck and leg injuries. The incident has been reported to the police.

The cameraman was beaten and shoved, with someone holding his neck from behind. He was taken to hospital with neck and leg injuries. The incident has been reported to the police.

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A video showed the protesters shouting, “We will beat you every time we see your camera.”

In a statement, TVB condemned the violence and said they would not back down from fear.

A few hours after the attack, a vehicle belonging to local media outlet HK01 had its windscreen smashed in Tseung Kwan O.

The Hong Kong News Executives’ Association on Saturday issued a statement condemning the violent acts.

“Journalists must be fearless and free from interference in order to present the fact so that the public could make judgments based on comprehensive and accurate information,” according to the statement.

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The association calls on all sectors of the community to respect and support the work of journalists.

The Hong Kong Journalists Association and Hong Kong Press Photographers Association jointly condemned the targeted attacks on journalists and breaches of press freedom. The two associations called on all parties to cease any acts of obstruction, interference or violence against journalists.

The attacks on journalists erupted as thousands of protesters went on a rampage in various districts in Hong Kong on Friday night. They blocked roads, set fires and vandalized transport facilities during unlawful assemblies in areas including Causeway Bay, Mong Kok, Tseung Kwan O, Sha Tin, Tuen Mun, and Yuen Long. 

On Nov 1, the High Court rejected an interlocutory injunction sought by TVB, who asked the court to restrain any person from unlawfully and willfully assaulting TVB news crew and damaging its properties. The judge made the decision on the ground that there were isolated incidents targeting TVB and its crew and there had been no new threats or further instances of damage since Oct 7.

TVB has expressed disappointment with the High Court's decision.

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