A court in Hong Kong has banned people from disclosing a wide range of personal information about police officers and their families, including names and photos, prompting concern from journalists and legal experts.
Hong Kong's High Court issued the injunction on Friday, after the police force sought its intervention to halt "doxxing" - the publication of private information online - by pro-democracy protesters.
The semi-autonomous Chinese territory has been gripped by protests for nearly five months, with hundreds of thousands taking to the streets to denounce what they see as Beijing's creeping interference in Hong Kong. China denies the claim.
Some rallies have turned violent, with protesters setting fire to government buildings and vandalising businesses seen as being pro-China. Police have responded with tear gas, water cannon, rubber bullets and occasional live rounds to disperse crowds.
Some activists attacked police with petrol bombs and rocks, furious at social media footage of random beatings, especially one against protesters cowering on the floor of a subway train.
One officer this month was slashed in the neck with a knife.
Amid the unrest, the police and justice secretary applied on Friday for a ban on disclosing names, addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers and other details, including children's school addresses.
They also sought a ban on publishing details about a police officer's Facebook and Instagram IDs, their car number plates and any photograph of an officer or their family without consent.
The court agreed to a temporary order, which will last for 14 days pending a longer legal hearing.
The injunction includes a broad ban on "intimidating, molesting, harassing, threatening, pestering or interfering" with any police officer or family member.
The current wording leaves no exceptions, including for media, making it unclear how it will be applied and whether it will restrict work by reporters.
Police did not respond to requests for clarification.
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