1,300 petition Beijing

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 30 September, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 September, 2009, 12:00am

More than 1,300 Hong Kong journalists and journalism professors and students have signed a petition demanding Beijing vindicate four of their colleagues who were treated roughly by mainland police when covering stories.

Also, ahead of National Day tomorrow, several delegates to the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference have promised to raise the plight of journalists when they see state leaders in the capital.

The show of solidarity in the news media industry followed an unprecedented demonstration attended by more than 700 journalists who condemned the Xinjiang authorities for first beating then accusing three of the journalists of inciting riots they were covering.

The petition appears in the South China Morning Post and three Chinese-language newspapers today. It was organised by the Hong Kong Journalists Association and the Foreign Correspondents Club.

In August, Now TV reporter Wong Ka-yu was detained in her Sichuan hotel room after a drug raid as she prepared to cover the trial of a dissident. This month, TVB reporter Lam Chi-ho and two cameramen were beaten by Xinjiang police at gun point during Urumqi riots.