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TVB, i-Cable object to police request for videos

2016-02-19 HKT 16:04
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  • Media organisations have objected to a police request before the court to hand over the raw news footage. File Photo: RTHK
    Media organisations have objected to a police request before the court to hand over the raw news footage. File Photo: RTHK
TVB and i-Cable have objected to the police's application for a court order to make media organisations hand over unedited news footage related to two cases involving activist Ken Tsang.

TVB said it has already uploaded all the relevant footage and that there’s no more footage it can provide to the police. It added that it would not disclose the identity of the cameramen who shot the videos as their identities are not news materials. The broadcaster also said it had to protect the cameramen in view of the attacks targeting journalists in the Mong Kok riot.

i-Cable said the information police requested was not important to the investigation of the cases, as authorities already have a large amount of evidence. Its lawyer added that the media should not be easily used by law enforcement agencies, or they will lose the trust of the public.

Justice Judianna Barnes also wanted to know why the Department of Justice wants the raw footage although it can get the relevant news videos through other channels. The judge pointed out that there’s no reason for media organisations to hold back videos that are newsworthy. She also said a court order on this might hurt freedom of the press.

The hearing continues.