In yet another instance of crackdown on activists and leaders, Hong Kong Police has arrested a reporter with the city public broadcaster over a programme about a mob attack at Yuen Long train station which took place last year.
The journalist in question was RTHK contributor Choy Yuk-ling, who helped produce a Hong Kong Connection television show on the July 21 incident last year, a police source said.
He was arrested for the episode, which has been considered as the most controversial and divisive episodes in last year’s anti-government protests.
Choy was arrested on suspicion of violating the Road Traffic Ordinance by using information improperly to run car ownership searches, the police source said. She was arrested during a raid on her home by officers from the New Territories North regional crime unit. Police took her away from her Kwai Chung home at about 3.30 pm (local times).
The Yuen Long incident involved a group of white-clad men indiscriminately attacking passengers and protesters returning from a massive rally. The slow police response to the attack prompted a public outcry, with officers accused of colluding with the assailants – an allegation the force has repeatedly denied.
The arrest comes days after the Hong Kong police detained eight opposition activists, including five lawmakers, over a chaotic meeting in May that had descended into shouting and scuffles.
The eight opposition leaders — Ted Hui, Wu Chi-wai, Helena Wong Pik-wan and Andrew Wan Siu-kin; Labour Party chairman Kwok Wing-kin; lawmaker Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung; and former lawmakers Eddie Chu Hoi-dick and Raymond Chan Chi-chuen.
The arrests come as tensions grows in Hong Kong over China’s national security law which criminalises any act of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces, with punishments of up to life in prison.