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Hong Kong court upholds veteran journalist’s conviction

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By KANIS LEUNG
Associated Press

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong journalist has lost the appeal against her conviction over making false statements in obtaining information for her investigation of a violent attack during the widespread pro-democracy protests in 2019. A High Court judge upheld the verdict Monday, saying having good intentions is not a justification. Award-winning reporter Bao Choy was found guilty in 2021 of deceiving the government by getting vehicle ownership records for journalistic purposes instead of for transport-related issues as she had declared. Journalism is not one of the three options for such records. Last year’s ruling had sparked concerns over shrinking press freedoms in the city as apart of a crackdown on dissent that followed the 2019 protests.

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