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Hong Kong Journalist Loses Appeal Over Database Search

  • Bao Choy was making a documentary about 2019 protests
  • Car ownership directory had no way to disclose media work
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Bao ChoyPhotographer: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images

A Hong Kong court has upheld the conviction of a journalist who investigated the police response to a 2019 mob attack on pro-democracy protesters, a decision likely to fan concerns about press freedom.

Judge Alex Lee ruled Bao Choy’s reason for searching an official car ownership database was “too far-fetched and unreasonable” in the High Court on Monday. He upheld the previous ruling that journalism was no defense for searching such a directory under false pretenses.