Ronson Chan was arrested and briefly detained last September for allegedly refusing to show his identity card to a plainclothes police officer.
The Hong Kong Journalists Association said that the continuous attacks on journalists by the government show that Hong Kong no longer has space for critical voices.
The Committee to Protect Journalists emphasised that “no journalists should be criminally charged, let alone convicted, for their reporting.”
Among the signatories are publishers, editors-in-chief, and senior editors from 42 countries, including two Nobel Peace Prize laureates.
The Committee to Protect Journalists said that the U.K. government should take action to secure the release of Jimmy Lai and other imprisoned journalists based on the report of Britain’s All-Party Parliamentary Group about Hong Kong media freedom.
Hong Kong: The national security trial of Jimmy Lai, a symbol of press freedom, will begin in six months
Lai, ‘Apple Daily’ founder and RSF Press Freedom Prize laureate, has over the past three decades been an outspoken advocate for the right to information in the territory.
Hong Kong: RSF calls for release of freelance journalist sentenced to 15 months for “possessing offensive weapons”
Journalist Tang Cheuk-yu was sentenced to 15 months for possession of alleged “offensive weapons” while covering news for Taiwan’s Public Television Service.
Jimmy Lai, the 74-year-old founder of Next Digital Limited and the “Apple Daily” newspaper in Hong Kong will stand trial without a jury on collusion charges under the national security law on 1 December.
#FreeJimmyLai: RSF launches petition in support of Hong Kong’s “Apple Daily” founder, who faces a life sentence
The petition calls on Hong Kong authorities to #FreeJimmyLai, a 74 year-old press freedom defender who has been detained already for two years on national security-related charges and faces a possible life sentence.
RSF calls for release of Hong Kong radio host, sentenced to 2 years and 8 months in prison under colonial-era sedition law
Hong Kong radio host and political commentator Edmund Wan Yiu-sing was convicted for “sedition” and “money laundering”.
The Hong Kong Journalists Association believes that the environment for news reporting in Hong Kong has drastically deteriorated over the past year.
Hong Kong Journalists Association expresses deep regret over the arrest of its chairman Chan Ron Sing
Despite being released on bail, journalist Ronson Chan is ordered to report to Mong Kok Police Station on 21 September.
Ronson Chan, the chairperson of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, was arrested by the police while covering an apartment owners’ meeting for alleged obstruction of a police officer.
After the lifting of a media ban, the public learned that Hong Kong authorities have filed charges against 47 former lawmakers, unionists, academics, and activists due to their peaceful political activities.