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新聞界聯署聲明 關注檢控官要求法庭頒令保護警察證人身份

2019/10/18 — 10:09

香港新聞界面對的言論禁止令

就最近在裁判法院進行的聆訊中,檢控官曾以保護身為警察的證人為由,要求法庭頒下匿名或言論禁止令(anonymity / gag orders)。我們對有關措施表示極度關注,因為這些申請如果獲得批准,將會禁制新聞界公布警察證人的身份及其編號,限制了新聞界對刑事訴訟的全面報道。

根據過往的案例,法庭以《刑事罪行條例》(第200章)第156條頒下匿名或禁言令,通常是要保障性罪行受害人。但是,檢控官最近提出的申請,根本與性罪行受害者的案件無關。

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我們相信,這些匿名或言論禁止令的申請觸及《基本法》第二十七條保障新聞自由的基礎,以及《香港人權法案》第十條保障的公平及公開聆訊的權利。檢控官要求禁止在裁判法院的訴訟程序中公布警察證人的姓名及編號是前所未有的,我們認為,此事值得所有重視新聞自由、司法制度公開、問責和透明的香港市民高度關注。

香港記者協會
眾新聞
Hong Kong Free Press
立場新聞
獨立評論人協會
大專新聞教育工作者聯席
香港攝影記者協會
明報職工協會
壹傳媒工會
2019年10月17日

Joint Statement
Gag Orders on the Press in Hong Kong

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We the undersigned express our grave concern about steps taken by prosecutors at recent hearings in magistrates’ courts, to limit reporting of criminal proceedings by the Press.

Prosecutors have sought anonymity / gag orders in respect of witnesses who are ordinary police officers. These applications, if granted, would prohibit the publication by the Press of the identity of ordinary police witnesses, including the service number of such witnesses.

We recognise and acknowledge that the courts routinely grant anonymity / gag orders to preserve the anonymity of victims of sexual offences under Section 156 of the Crimes Ordinance (Cap. 200). These recent applications by prosecutors however do not relate to cases involving the victim of a sexual offence.

We believe these applications for anonymity/gag orders engage fundamental issues of the freedom of press guaranteed under Article 27 of the Basic Law and the right to fair and public hearings under Article 10 of the Hong Kong Bill of Rights.

We also believe these steps by prosecutors to prohibit the publication of the names and service numbers of ordinary police witnesses in magistracy proceedings, is unprecedented and should be of great concern to all Hong Kong people who value press freedom, open justice, accountability and transparency.

Hong Kong Journalists Association
CitizenNews
Hong Kong Free Press
StandNews
Hong Kong Press Photographers Association
Independent Commentators Association
Journalism Educators for Press Freedom
Ming Pao Staff Association
Next Media Trade Union

17 October 2019

 

 

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