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HKJA v Commissioner of Police and Secretary for Justice – a case to watch!

Hong Kong Journalists Association (“HKJA”) v Commissioner of Police and Secretary for Justice HCAL 2915/2019

Albert N.B. Wong of Gilt Chambers is currently acting for the HKJA challenging the actions of the Police regarding the treatment of journalists during the recent protests, namely:

1. The failure of the HKPF to facilitate, and not to hinder, lawful journalistic activities in the course of Public Order Events (POEs) on and after 12 June 2019, and the failure of the Commissioner to address a catalogue of operational deficiencies in that connection (Decision 1);

2. The failure of the Commissioner to require or ensure that all uniformed police officers, and plainclothes police officers exercising any public power, wear clearly visible individual identification in the course of POEs on and after 12 June 2019 (Decision 2); and

3. The failure of the Government of the HKSAR to make available an independent mechanism for the purposes of investigation of complaints of ill-treatment by police officers (Decision 3).

The hearing in relation to Decision 1 was scheduled to be heard on 13-14 February 2020.  The hearing in relation to Decisions 2 and 3 is scheduled be heard on 27 and 30 March 2020.

Due to the current health crisis and the action taken from the courts and judiciary to remain in limited operation this case will be rescheduled.

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