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Hong Kong (AFP) – A well-known Hong Kong journalist, Bao Choi, was awarded a prestigious human rights journalist award for her work. Choi and five of his colleagues won the Chinese Documentary Language Award at the Human Rights Journalism Awards on Thursday for their film “Who Owns the Truth?” The journalist who worked for RTHK was fined last month for her film research on an attack on democracy activists.
Judges praised the documentary RTHK for “pursuing the smallest clues and interrogating those in power without fear or courtesy” and described the 23-minute documentary as a “classic of investigative reporting.” The Human Rights Journalism Awards recognize human rights coverage across Asia, and have been in place for 25 years.
Who Owns the Truth? The film revolves around an attack by several men armed with clubs and sticks on a group of democracy activists in 2019. The filmmakers used images from security cameras, interviews with witnesses, and a database of scoreboards for their research.
Hong Kong journalists have long used the public license plate database. Then the authorities introduced a regulation that no longer allowed media representatives to use the database for research. Choi said she was using the “Traffic and Transportation” database and was fined for wrong information.
RTHK has suspended Choy after her arrest in November and has not released a statement in support of her work.
Hong Kong has increasingly slipped below the world press freedom rankings in recent years. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) currently ranks the Chinese Special Administrative Region 80th, and in 2002 it was still 18th.
A renowned Hong Kong journalist honored with the Human Rights Journalism Award
Journalist Bao Choi © AFP Anthony Wallace