Hong Kong journalist convicted of access to public records

Hong Kong (AP) — Hong Kong journalists are getting information to investigate attacks on rebel protesters in a recent blow to report city freedom as authorities continue to crack down. I was convicted of making a false statement. opposite opinion.

Cai Yu, also known as Cai Yu, was arrested in November for misrepresenting why he obtained license plate information from a publicly accessible database. She was trying to track the perpetrators of a violent attack by a white male mob against protesters at a subway station in 2019 for a public broadcaster RTHK research documentary.

Justice of the Peace, Prime Minister Ivy Chui, said the Road Traffic Ordinance only allows the general public to obtain vehicle ownership records for transportation or traffic-related issues, legal issues, or vehicle purchases. ..

She said in her online application that Choi had declared that she would use this information for “other transportation and transportation-related issues.” This application does not offer journalism research options.

Freelancer Choy, who is affiliated with RTHK, has pleaded not guilty. She was convicted of two charges of making false statements and was fined HK $ 6,000 ($ 775).

The documentary Choi, entitled “Ownering the Truth 7.21,” also investigated the actions of Hong Kong police during last year’s rebel protests. Police were accused of not intervening during the attack at the subway station.

Prior to the courtroom, Choi’s supporters put up a placard stating “Journalism is not a crime” and chanted the slogan.

Media groups are concerned that Hong Kong’s new security law could be used by journalists reporting on issues that may be related to national security.