Head of Hong Kong Journalists Association indicted for obstructing police

The head of the Hong Kong Journalists Association was indicted on Monday on charges of obstructing police officers.

Hong Kong officials have been intensifying a crackdown on media outlets that are critical of the government, since the national security law was introduced in 2020.

Ronson Chan is the chairperson of the association. On September 7, he was arrested on a busy street on the Kowloon Peninsula. The police say that Chan did not cooperate with officers, when he was asked to show his ID.

Chan is a former reporter for the pro-democracy online media outlet Stand News. He has called on the Hong Kong government to protect the freedom of the press.

Some local newspapers have been forced to close, due to the government's crackdown.