Man charged with injuring cameraman

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 December, 2007, 12:00am

A man who allegedly injured a television cameraman will appear in Kowloon City Court this morning, charged with one count of wounding.

The alleged attack happened after a brawl broke out among customers inside a Granville Road nightclub in Tsim Sha Tsui yesterday.

Cable TV cameraman Chow Kwong-yu, 39, was filming one injured man, surnamed Lee, 39, being taken to an ambulance outside the nightclub at 12.36am when Mr Lee's friend, surnamed Cheung, allegedly threw a bag containing a first-aid kit at Mr Chow. Cheung, 35, was arrested and released on court bail.

The cameraman was injured on the forehead. Both he and Mr Lee were taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where they were in stable condition last night.

Police said four other men aged between 26 and 31 allegedly involved in the fight were also arrested. They were released on bail of HK$2,000 each. The men were customers at the nightclub and the fight broke out following a trivial dispute, according to police.

The Hong Kong News Executives' Association condemned the alleged attack on the cameraman.

'Any violence against journalists or any act that interferes with press freedom should be condemned.'

The Hong Kong Federation of Journalists also denounced the attack, saying that the police should take necessary measures to ensure journalists have freedom of news coverage.

The Hong Kong Press Photographers Association said such violence should not be tolerated.