The Daily Telegraph
Hong Kong police arrest journalist ahead of Oxford trip
THE chairman of Hong Kong’s largest journalists’ association was arrested yesterday, weeks before he was reportedly due to start at Oxford University.
Ronson Chan, an employee of news outlet Channel C, was detained for allegedly obstructing police and public disorder while reporting with a colleague on a meeting of public housing apartment owners.
Police said they discovered two men “acting suspiciously” and ordered them to produce identification. They said a 41-year-old man called Chan refused to show identification despite multiple warnings.
Chan was reportedly due to start a six-month Reuters fellowship programme at Oxford University at the end of September.
“We continue to look forward to welcoming Ronson Chan to Oxford,” said Rasmus Nielsen, the director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, according to The Guardian. “He is an accomplished and respected journalist and has much to share with everyone here.”
Mr Chan’s case has added to concerns about declining media freedom in the city after the implementation of Beijing’s tough 2020 National Security Law, which appears to be aimed at crushing dissent and pro-democracy activity.