9/13/2009

AP: HK journalists protest abuse of reporters in China









(AP Photos/Kin Cheung)

HK journalists protest abuse of reporters in China

From The Associated Press
By DIKKY SINN (AP) – 4 hours ago

HONG KONG — Hundreds of Hong Kong journalists, lawmakers and residents marched Sunday to protest the alleged police beatings of three reporters covering recent unrest in western China, and demanded a government investigation.

Demonstrators wearing black rallied outside a police station before marching to local offices of China's central government. Organizers and police estimated the crowd at 650 to 700 people.

"This time the authorities are over the line," Mak Yin-ting, chairwoman of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, told the gathering. "They did not only beat reporters, but blamed them for inciting the public disorder."

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"We condemn the cruel treatment in no uncertain terms," said Tom Mitchell, president of The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Hong Kong.

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