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Club Breakfast Briefing- From Water Cannons to the Face Mask Ban: Dealing with Increased Risks at the Protests

Date: 23 Oct 2019 08:00 AM | Venue:

From Water Cannons to the Face Mask Ban: Dealing with Increased Risks at the Protests   


Sharron Fast
Deputy Director of Master of Journalism Programme and Lecturer,
University of Hong Kong



Stevo Stephen
News Risk Senior Manager, Wall Street Journal


Wednesday, October 23, 2019
8:00am for 8:15am talk
1st Floor
This event is open to club members, their guests and the media

In this workshop, Hong Kong University legal expert Sharron Fast and Wall Street Journal news risk senior manager Stevo Stephen will discuss how the risks for journalists have increased over the four months of the protests and explain the best ways of dealing with the new challenges.


Increasing violence on the ground has resulted in injuries to journalists, who are often caught up in clashes between police and protesters. The escalating violence has seen the police resort to using live ammunition and water cannons in addition to pepper spray, rubber bullets, tear gas and blinding strobe lights. And apart from the physical dangers, journalists are also facing increased legal risks including questions over how the face mask ban applies to them.


There will be a Q&A after the briefing by the two experts.


This is the latest of the FCC’s series of practical workshops for journalists covering the protests, and it is open to members, guests and working journalists who can register directly with the club (see below).



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