Letters | Amid Hong Kong protests, five steps Carrie Lam should take to protect press freedom
- The attacks on journalists covering the extradition bill protests, culminating in the violence against the press at Yuen Long station, are cause for alarm
- The government should withdraw the extradition bill, deal seriously with those who threaten journalists and remain transparent in engaging with the media
Dear Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor,
We suggest focusing on five key points:
2. Ensure that law enforcement refrains from any violence or coercion against journalists and protects them any time their safety is threatened.
3. Ensure that those who call for, order, perpetrate, or glorify violent acts against journalists are being prosecuted and punished; establish an independent commission to investigate acts of brutality.
4. Enforce the highest level of transparency on public affairs for the media.
5. Give clear instructions to all members of the Hong Kong administration to support freedom of the press and facilitate the work of journalists by all means.
We are convinced that these five measures, if set up under your mandate, would contribute to reinforcing the trust between Hong Kong residents and the administration and strengthening the international prestige of Hong Kong. Our association would be happy to put its expertise at your service so that your administration can get the quickest and most effective results implementing our proposals.
Christophe Deloire, secretary general, Reporters Without Borders, Paris