Source: Hong Kong Information Services
Police welcomed the judgment made by the Court of First Instance today which dismissed the judicial review lodged by the Hong Kong Journalists Association.
It was pointed out in the court judgment that in carrying out its duty to facilitate lawful journalistic activities, Police have to strike a fair balance with its statutory duties under Section 10 of the Police Force Ordinance.
It further elaborated by explaining that although Police have a duty to ensure journalists’ safety and to ensure their reasonable access and uninhibited reporting, Police must have regard to other considerations such as the duty to maintain law and order, the lawfulness of the conduct of the protesters and journalists, whether any violence was used, and if so the degree of violence used, by the protesters, and all other relevant circumstances on the ground.
The force emphasised that it respects press freedom and journalists’ right of reporting, adding that they understand the need of journalists to report and film at the scene.
Without compromising operational efficiency, Police will continue to facilitate journalists’ reporting work, including the deployment of the Force Media Liaison Cadre to co-ordinate at the scene.
The force will also continue its communication with the media industry to enable both sides to perform their respective functions.