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HKBU scraps press photo exhibit over 'safety fears'

2021-02-26 HKT 16:41
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  • A man holds a poster as others gather in Sha Tin to sing 'Glory to Hong Kong’ on September 11, 2019. File photo: AFP
    A man holds a poster as others gather in Sha Tin to sing 'Glory to Hong Kong’ on September 11, 2019. File photo: AFP
  • Students cross a road as they head to school after participating in a human chain protest on September 12, 2019. File photo: AFP
    Students cross a road as they head to school after participating in a human chain protest on September 12, 2019. File photo: AFP
  • A woman holds up an umbrella and a car licence plate during clashes between riot police and demonstrators in Causeway Bay on October 1, 2019. Photo: AFP
    A woman holds up an umbrella and a car licence plate during clashes between riot police and demonstrators in Causeway Bay on October 1, 2019. Photo: AFP
Cecil Wong reports
Baptist university has scrapped an exhibition of World Press Photo winners just days ahead of its opening, citing "safety and security" fears.

The exhibition was set to include prize-winning images of the protests that swept Hong Kong in 2019.

"After giving due consideration to campus safety and security, and the need to maintain pandemic control, Hong Kong Baptist University considers that it is not an appropriate time to hold the 'World Press Photo Exhibition 2020' on its campus," the university said in a brief statement.

The university did not elaborate on what those safety fears were.

World Press Photo is an annual competition that awards "the best visual journalism" around the world each year.

AFP photographer Yasuyoshi Chiba bagged last year's top prize, with an image of a man in Sudan reciting poetry during anti-government protests.

It is not the first time the World Press Photo has struggled to exhibit inside China.

Last October an annual exhibition in neighbouring Macau, which had run for more than a decade without incident, was suddenly shut down without explanation by authorities. (AFP)