Date
20 August 2017
Policemen stand back from a crowd of protesters in Mong Kok. Street occupiers are back just hours after a police clearing operation. Photo: AFP
Policemen stand back from a crowd of protesters in Mong Kok. Street occupiers are back just hours after a police clearing operation. Photo: AFP

Website won’t delete posts targeting cops

A Hong Kong website said it will not stop online posts after a man was arrested for inciting protesters to retake Mong Kok district in an internet discussion forum.

Joe Lam, chief executive of HKGolden.com, said he is not in a position to determine their legality, so he would not delete them, am730 reported Monday.

On Saturday, a 23-year-old man was arrested after urging people in an HKGolden.com post to re-occupy Mong Kok hours after police cleared it.

The man was held on a charge of using a computer with “criminal or dishonest intent”, the report said.

Steve Hui, chief superintendent of the Police Public Relations Branch, told a press conference that most laws in the physical world also apply to cyberspace.

Eric Cheung, a solicitor and principal lecturer in the University of Hong Kong law faculty, said there was legal basis for the arrest, depending on how clear the criminal intent was.

And legislator Charles Mok, who represents the information technology functional constituency, warned citizens to be aware of the language used in a charge sheet, especially if the offense is too broadly defined.

Meanwhile, online posts targeting policemen’s families have surfaced on the interest, also using HKGolden.com. 

A netizen posted pictures and personal details of the young daughter of a police officer from her Facebook page as punishment for her father’s actions against protesters, the report said.

The post was taken down several hours later even as police threatened to take action. 

Lam said the post was similar to a recent attack in which photos and personal information about student leader Joshua Wong and the founders of Occupy Central were hacked.

He said his website is neutral and will not delete posts despite warnings by the police.

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