A journalist group is ripping into Television Broadcasts Ltd. (TVB) after it demoted an assistant news editor responsible for the broadcast of a video showing Hong Kong police beating a pro-democracy protester.
The Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) sought details about the decision and how the station handles similar issues.
It demanded to know why Ho Wing-hong was punished and for how long, Apple Daily reported Tuesday.
However, TVB news director Keith Yuen refused to comment, saying personnel issues are an internal matter.
In a statement, HKJA accused TVB of victimizing Ho, who approved the airing of the controversial video, which was subsequently edited and rebroadcast by the the station.
Ho was demoted to researcher, the report said, citing HKJA chairman Sham Yee-lan.
The four-minute clip showed social worker Ken Tsang being roughed up by a group of policemen in a darkened street corner during a protest dispersal operation.
In the accompanying report, it said 24 journalists were hurt during the police action.
Senior superintendent Kong Man-keung of the Police Public Relation Branch said nine of the journalists have reported their cases to the police and five have filed criminal complaints.
Sham said the protests represent a critical moment for Hong Kong and journalists must be allowed to do their work.
HKJA joined the Hong Kong Press Photographers Association and Next Media Trade Union in a petition to the police commissioner.
Meanwhile, To Yiu-ming, an assistant professor in Hong Kong Baptist University, criticized TVB for its treatment of frontline journalists “who have done nothing wrong”.
He called management’s decision to edit the video nothing but “playing with words”.
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