AAJA Asia Chapter joins the FCC, HK Press Photographers Association, HK Journalists Association in expressing dismay in charging photographer Anthony Kwan Hok Chun. Anthony is a friend of AAJA, having been a member in the Minnesota Chapter when he was in college. We support him now as he fights charges filed against him, which prohibits the possession of military equipment without a license. Anthony was carrying body armour and a helmet, which is routine protective gear used by journalists while covering stories in dangerous situations.
With 150+ members in APAC, AAJA Asia Chapter monitors journalists and press freedoms closely. We urge the Thai government, along with our colleagues around the world, to take into consideration the professional precautions that journalists must take to ensure their own safety.