The head of the Hong Kong Journalists Association is allowed to travel to Britain for an Oxford fellowship after a court refuses to grant him bail and restrict his movement on charges of obstructing a police officer. .
Ronson Chan was arrested on September 7 while covering a residential rally in an apartment complex in Hong Kong. Police allege he refused to provide identification and acted “uncooperatively” despite repeated warnings. he was indicted this weekChan has pleaded not guilty and said he had the right to ask the police for his identification before he could present it.
In a court appearance Thursday, Judge Peter Low granted Chan bail ahead of his next court hearing in April 2023. Chan was not restricted from traveling abroad.
Chan, who wore a black T-shirt that read “freedom of the press,” said he hadn’t had the opportunity to identify himself as a journalist before his arrest, so “it’s hard to fully associate it with freedom of the press.” said.
“But I think it ironically reflects the state of the press, that the President of the Association of Journalists was in court while some in the field were present at the National Day reception.”
Starting next week, Chan will be participating in a six-month journalism fellowship at the Reuters Institute at the University of Oxford. In a statement, Institute Director Rasmus Nielsen said he looked forward to welcoming Chan in October.
“He is a prominent and experienced journalist with much to share and everyone here looks forward to welcoming him.”
As part of his bail conditions, Chan is required to provide police with his address and contact details upon arrival in the UK.
Hong Kong continues to crack down on dissent and freedom of expression, with thousands of people, including journalists, activists and politicians, appearing in court.
For those charged under the National Security Act, bail presumptions were overturned and most defendants were remanded and had to await trial for more than a year.
In the past, some people who were the target of crackdowns fled overseas, Including former MP Ted Hoy, who fled to the UK while out on bail before settling in Australia.
Press freedom in Hong Kong has plummeted, and the Hong Kong Journalists Association is being forced to dissolve after being accused of being an anti-China organization with ties to foreign actors.
Additional reporting by Verna Yu
A Hong Kong journalist was allowed to travel to Britain after a court granted bail.Hong Kong
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