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HK Journalists Association to raise HK$2m for judicial review of Headliner

HK Journalists Association to raise HK$2m for judicial review of Headliner

Hong Kong Journalists Association will raise funds to cover the legal costs for a judicial review, after an episode of Headliner, a RTHK production, was judged as insulting and humiliating the police by Communications Authority.
The authority then issued a warning following the judgment, and RTHK decided to suspend the show.

The association said the judgement not only limits the freedom of production for RTHK, but also suppresses media which criticize government or policies in an ironic or sarcastic way.

Last August, the association and RTHK programme staff union decided to apply for a judicial review to overthrow authority’s judgement.

The trial will begin at the High Court on June 7, and the association decided to raise HK$2 million due to high legal costs.

The association will only take donations in cheques to avoid any suspicion of money laundering. Anonymous or conditional donations will not be accepted.

This came after the Security Bureau earlier said online fundraising campaigns could be involved in fraud and money laundering. Some organizations saw their assets frozen after raising funds online.

The association has opened a bank account for the campaign. Those who wish to donate should send a crossed cheque to its office in Wan Chai by post and specify the cheque is for the legal costs of judicial review.

Donors will receive an official receipt upon confirmed donation, and have to provide their email address, phone numbers or correspondence for notification.The association added that all information will be kept confidential.

The campaign will stop as soon as the goal of HK$2 million is raised. All will be used in the judicial review. If there is any remaining it will be transferred to the Journalist Protection Fund.

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