IFJ Condemns Violent Attacks on Hong Kong Media Outlets

 

The International

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

been seized.

 

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

by four

masked men. The attackers smashed three computers, a television and

chairs. Hong Kong Police initiated an investigation, but there have been no

arrests.

 

“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. 

 

We

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

Hong Kong.

 

For

further information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +61 2 9333 0918 

 

The IFJ represents more than 600,000 journalists in 131

countries

 

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