HK reporter accuses police of violence against media

HONG KONG (AP) – A Hong Kong reporter disrupted a police news conference to protest what she called escalating violence by officers against journalists covering the city’s pro-democracy protests.

The reporter interrupted the briefing yesterday by reading a statement alleging police mistreatment.

To emphasise her point, she used a high-powered strobing flashlight similar to ones that police have used on photographers and video journalists.

The five officers sitting on the stage left, leaving the reporter, identified on social media as a freelance journalist, to deliver her remarks before staff intervened and removed her.

Tensions are rising further between police and media after violent demonstrations last Sunday night in which police used aggressive tactics against media and detained a photojournalist overnight.

An unidentified reporter raises a flashlight to read a statement during a police news conference in Hong Kong yesterday. PHOTO: AP