Everyone is freaked out to hear that the Court of Final Appeal has overturned the conviction of ex-RTHK journalist Bao Choy for ‘making false statements to obtain vehicle records’. (The records are public information, and she was investigating the Yuen Long gangster attacks.) It’s rare these days to see a court siding with someone the government has prosecuted in a politically charged case – and the sense is that it will get rarer.
Choy’s sentence was non-custodial, so it’s unlikely (you would think) that the authorities will go to huge lengths to reverse the CFA’s decision, but it would not be surprising if access to vehicle records gets tightened. The CFA seems to allow for this…
Even if “[o]ther traffic and transport related matters” exclude journalistic purposes, journalists could be “honestly mistaken” in thinking they could choose that option, the court said.
No comment from the government, which is busy both condemning and strongly opposing criticism of the extensive efforts by police to dissuade commemorations of 6-4 – now including confiscation of pictures of candles. The second of these press releases for some reason focuses on and names National Taiwan University. Whoever wrote it obviously never got the memo on not using the institution’s full name – usually at least dropping the first word.