Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Hong Kong Journalists
Assocation (HKJA) in condemning two violent attacks on against Hong Kong media outlets within a week.
The Sing Tao News
Corporation was attacked twice in one week, with the latest attack occurring at
Tsim Sha Tsui, in southern Kowloon on September 4.According to reports, three axe-wielding masked men smashed the glass
panels at the offices.
Six people have now
been arrested in relation to the attack, and two cars have also been reportedly
A similar attack also
took place at Sin Tao’s headquarters in Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong island on August
30. A stolen car was rammed into the facade of Sing Tao News Corporation’s building.
The car was later found set alight on the Kowloon side.
“Although we did not
receive either threats or warning prior to the two incidents which occurred, we
believe the malicious acts clearly targeted the Corporation. It is absolutely
unacceptable” the Corporation stated.
In an earlier incident, on August 8, an online media outlet, Inmedia, was attacked
masked men. The attackers smashed three computers, a television and
chairs. Hong Kong Police initiated an investigation, but there have been no
“These recent attacks
on Hong Kong media are a clear attack on press
freedom” IFJ Asia-Pacific said.
The IFJ welcomes the
arrests in the Sing Tao case, but also calls on the Hong Kong Police to conduct
a swift investigation into the attacks on Inmedia and immediately bring the
assailants to justice.
further urge the authorities of Hong Kong to send a strong message to the
public that attacks on the media and press freedom will not be tolerated in
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