“I can also understand some police officers are feeling frustrated because of their work pressure. But then again, they’re trained police officers. They’re professional disciplinary enforcers and they should not really be guided by their impulse. They should be guided by their reasons. All the more reasons than the protesters.” – Lawrence Lok SC, Member of Hong Kong Bar Council
On November 8 the High Court judge ruled in favour of the press to exempt journalists from ban granted to police on publishing personal details of officers amid fears over doxxing. The judge said he had to struck a balance between press freedom and protection of the police; and that no one should tell judges how to perform their roles.
Earlier on, I talked to Lawrence Lok SC for his take on the current state of unrest in the city. Lok is regarded as one of the four best criminal barristers in Hong Kong. He currently serves as a member of the HK Bar Council.
Find out more from my previous story: “Lawyers at the Frontline”