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Hong Kong reporter found guilty after investigating police conduct

Documentary revealed slow response by officers to mob attack on protesters in 2019

Bao Choy, a reporter formerly affiliated with Hong Kong public broadcaster RTHK, appears in front of supporters outside a courthouse on Nov. 10, 2020.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- An award-winning Hong Kong journalist, whose work detailed the police's delayed response to an organized mob assault on pro-democracy protesters in 2019, was convicted on Thursday of making false statements, intensifying deep concerns over press freedom in the city.

Prosecutors had accused Bao Choy Yuk-ling, a freelance journalist then employed by public broadcaster RTHK, of violating the Road Traffic Ordinance by making two false claims to obtain vehicle license plate information related to suspects of the attack.

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