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Interview: Hong Kong’s ‘fragile’ freedoms had never taken root, says journalist Bao Choy following conviction over documentary

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Journalist Bao Choy felt mystified when police knocked on her apartment door one November afternoon last year, but within minutes of entering her home they announced her alleged crime. On July 13, 2020, an investigative documentary she had produced was aired, and the freelance television producer was suspected by police of making false statements to obtain a vehicle licence plate record while compiling the 23-minute programme.

Bao Choy. File Photo: Kelly Ho/HKFP.

The documentary made waves in Hong Kong by uncovering trails of evidence that identified suspected assailants of a 2019 Yuen Long mob attack, and revealed that police officers stood by as the attack unfolded. The documentary was faces deletion from the internet by RTHK and the broadcaster has said it will refuse a Human Rights Press Award the episode won.

‘Guilty of reporting’

The act of using vehicle license plate records for news reporting was officially interpreted as criminal on April 22, when Choy was convicted. She pleaded “not guilty,” but was ultimately handed a HK$6,000 fine over two charges.

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