Text adapted by LAUREN GLENMERE from the speech given by DANILO REYES, deputy director of Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), at the 19th National Press Forum hosted by the Philippine Press Institute (PPI), at the Diamond Hotel, Roxas Boulevard, Manila City on May 15, 2015.


IN February 2014, Kevin Lau, former chief editor of Ming Pao, a Chinese language newspaper, was stabbed in his legs and back. The attack is believed to be linked to his paper’s critical role of Beijing in Hong Kong politics. Within two weeks, eleven persons, mostly from the mainland, were arrested and detained. Two were charged for, “malicious wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm” in court.

October 2014 saw Ken Tsang, one of the Occupy Central protestors, beaten by seven police officers in a dark corner. The incident was videoed and widely publicised, with the policemen involved suspended from duty the next day. Within the month, the court issued arrest warrants for the seven indicted police officers for “assault causing actual bodily harm”.

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