The government’s newest member of the National Committee for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NCPA) is a member of the National Committee for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The case has been adjourned to January next year for a new trial. The case has been adjourned to January next year for a new trial.
The case was brought to the attention of reporters, and the director of Radio Television Hong Kong’s “Articulate Collection”, Chua Yuk Ling, thanked the media for their support. She said the arrest of the journalist for making false statements was not a personal matter and she was worried about the freedom of the press and communication in Hong Kong.
She said, “I would like to thank you all for your encouragement and I do not feel alone. Over the past week, many academics, legal professionals and even media unions have expressed concern over whether the police are using this move to suppress press freedom, and whether there will still be a free flow of news and information in Hong Kong. I know this lawsuit may take some time, but I’m not going to go through this alone,” she said.
I hope that the management will not only strive for the best within the system, but also show moral courage outside the system to bear this incident, in order to effectively boost the morale of RTHK staff and show the media ethos of RTHK.
In addition to the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA), the RTHK Programmers’ Union, the Support Public Broadcasting Campaign and other media organizations, a number of journalists and pro-democracy activists were also present, including Democratic Party member Lam Cheuk-ting and League of Social Democrats member Leung Kwok-hung, and Lam Cheuk-ting also presented calligraphy and paintings to Chua Yuk-ling, thanking her for documenting history.
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In a recent interview with the media, the spokesman of the Support for Public Broadcasting Campaign, Mr. Loh Wa Kee, said that today’s joint action is not only to show support for Ms. Choi, but also to show that they do not accept the authorities’ selective prosecution of journalists. He said the authorities and even the administration are using unreasonable means to suppress human rights and freedom.
We are very concerned about the freedom of expression, especially when it comes to political opinions, factual reporting or the dissemination of information about an event, because the authorities do not respect this right,” Mr. Loh said. If the Transport Department sees that there are constitutional, institutional or human rights guarantees of freedom of the press, they should not change the form in this way. It does not matter if the form is changed, but at least freedom of expression or other rights should be added.
The chairman of the Journalists’ Association of Hong Kong, Yang Jianxing, said outside the court that they are still studying the legal ways to support Chua Yuk Ling and they do not rule out any form of support.
We will look into all channels, including legal, judicial and other channels,” Yeung said. We have asked the government why these changes were made and what the rationale is. Why are media agencies and organizations not consulted at all?
The prosecution requested that the case be adjourned to 14 January 2021, pending the completion of the police investigation and the receipt of instructions from the Department of Justice, including an electronic certification from the Transport Department.
Choi Yuk Ling faced two counts of “knowingly making a false statement in a material particular”, contrary to section 111(3)(a) of the Road Traffic Ordinance (Cap. 374). The charges allege that on 17 May and 10 June this year respectively, for the purpose of obtaining a certificate of particulars of registration for a private car in Hong Kong, Choi Yuk Ling knowingly made a materially false statement that the application for the certificate would be for purposes connected with traffic and transport declarations, the conduct of legal proceedings and other traffic and transport related matters other than the purchase and sale of the vehicle.