The Protests and Press Freedom
For the past two months, journalists in Hong Kong have been on the front lines covering the protests, sometimes dodging tear gas and rubber bullets in the course of their work. What began as peaceful demonstrations have become often chaotic situations in which reports and videos have shown police officers engaging in violent acts against journalists. The panel, representing a range of media, discussed their experiences covering the protests and the challenges and pressures they face, especially with the world watching this drama unfold in Hong Kong. The panel includes:
Eric Cheung is a Hong Kong-based freelance journalist with an interest in geopolitical and social stories. He is a freelance producer for CNN International and the SCMP’s Morning Studio. His work has appeared in The Guardian, Reuters, ABC News (America) and Hong Kong Free Press. He graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Hong Kong in 2018.
Jennifer Creery is a Senior Reporter for Hong Kong Free Press, writing about local politics and culture. She has reported from the front lines of recent protests. Before that she worked as a freelance journalist in Taiwan, with work appearing in The News Lens International. She interned with Al Jazeera in Malaysia while studying at King’s College London.
Damon Pang is a multimedia journalist for Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), where he covers politics, social movements and courts. He has been covering the protests in Hong Kong. He previously spent time with The Standard.
Anthony Wallace joined the international news agency AFP as a photo editor in 2012 and took up the role of Hong Kong bureau photographer in 2016. Most recently he has been focusing on coverage of the Hong Kong protests.
Chris Yeung is the chairperson of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, an internationally recognized defender of media freedom in Hong Kong.