Reuters reported that two plainclothes officers detained Hong Kong Journalists Association’s chair, Ronson Chan, on September 7, while he was reporting.
Chan was arrested amid the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) preparations for the 20th national Congress on October 16.
This arrest also extends the string of tough human rights repressions by Hong Kong authorities in recent years.
At Mong Kok police station on September 20, Chan told reporters that he was being charged with obstructing police officers and needed to appear in court on September 22.
After Chan was asked about the status of press freedom in Hong Kong, he said, “You can imagine the environment Hong Kong reporters and journalists are facing – it’s not a very easy environment.”
Since China enacted Hong Kong national security law in June 2020, a number of newspapers have been suppressed, and journalists, as well as democracy activists in Hong Kong, have been arrested.
It is worth noting that the Hong Kong national security law was enacted by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China (NPCSC) instead of the Hong Kong Legislative Council.
Therefore, the Hong Kong national security law is seen as the CCP’s tool for suppressing voices opposing its rule in Hong Kong, where the CCP promised to grant the island autonomy in1997.
According to The Guardian, facing criticism from some Western governments, CCP and Hong Kong authorities say the law has brought stability after the demonstrations in 2019.