A pro-Beijing newspaper journalist was arrested on Tuesday for his part in a fight with localist leader Edward Leung Tin-kei in August.
A police report update revealed that the Ta Kung Pao reporter surnamed Lo, 42, was arrested in Chai Wan on Tuesday. He had since been temporarily released. The reporter was seen having a heated exchange with the Hong Kong Indigenous leader inside Tai Koo’s MTR station on August 13. Foul language was involved, and the exchange appeared to descend into violence.
The next day the journalist reported the incident to officers at Chai Wan police station, claiming that he had been assaulted. The fight between Leung and the reporter occurred after Leung had been disqualified as a candidate for this year’s Legislative Council elections in September.
On Saturday, police revealed that they had arrested a 25-year-old man surnamed Leung in the Chai Wan area on Fridayfor allegedly fighting in public. He has also been temporarily released.
Leung has said that the reporter had been stalking him for more than a month before the fight. A six-minute video clip that captured the incident was released online in August and went viral.
People began searching for the reporter in question on the internet soon after the video was released, and pictures of him working as a photographer, as well as ones of his family members, were posted online shortly afterwards.
Ta Kung Pao on August 15 ran a front page story with an account of the events, alleging that Leung had stalked, provoked and hit a journalist from the newspaper’s investigative reporting team.
The police report said the incident is currently under investigation by the Eastern District Crime Squad. They will be asking for legal advice from the Department of Justice before taking any further action.