The Daily Telegraph

Hong Kong police arrest journalist ahead of Oxford trip

- By Our Foreign Staff

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.

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