TV journalist to sue police chief over arrest

PUBLISHED : Monday, 12 September, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 12 September, 2011, 12:00am

Television reporting intern Kiri Choy Pui-man is suing police chief Andy Tsang Wai-hung for unlawful arrest and detention during the overnight protest in Central on July 1.

Choy, who worked in Hong Kong for New York-based New Tang Dynasty Television, was covering the protest when she was arrested.

According to a news release from the station, Choy said she never sat with the protesters and that no police officer informed her of the grounds for arrest when she was taken away in a police car.

Choy said she was detained for nine hours and found out it was for allegedly obstructing officers.

Democratic Party chairman Albert Ho Chun-yan, a lawyer, is assisting Choy with the case.

He expects to file a civil claim seeking damages of up to HK$1 million.

'If I was arrested for working at the scene,' Choy said, 'other journalists may face the same treatment, which is not accepted in the society of Hong Kong.'

Ho said: 'A reporter's job should not be unreasonably and unlawfully interfered with or suppressed.'

A police spokesman said the case was under investigation.


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