Do you think journalists should go to Hong Kong?

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Do you think journalists should go to Hong Kong or even protests for Hong Kong side or will they get arrested by China.Is it dangerous? Please tell me what you think it the comments so I can read different people ‘s opinions and also so I can reply to them.Maybe you will make me change my opinion on what I think about this.

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  • tom Tom @ the BNC
    14 Oct 2019

    This is such an interesting question because people in the media often have to take risks by travelling to places where there is conflict and danger. We have asked questions of our experts but we might be able to ask this as a follow-up - watch this space!

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  • tom Tom @ the BNC
    14 Oct 2019

    funny_camel, could you add this as a follow-up question to Sophia Yan - one of our expert journalists - https://www.burnetnewsclub.com/issues/hong-kong-crisis/experts/sophia-yan-china-correspondent-answers-your-questions/ because she might be able to reply to you!

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  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg inspiring_penguin | Graveney School
    14 Oct 2019

    Hi funny_camel! I think this is a very challenging question as there must be a lot of pressure on the media to pass on critical information to the public but of course, as we are seeing in Hong Kong the lengths some journalists go to can be quite worrying. I personally think, if they are passionate about delivering certain news then let them but they really have to fully know and understand the risks and consequences. In Hong Kong, at the moment, however, it seems increasingly dangerous due to certain measures like tear gas and guns. For this reason, I myself would certainly not risk it but people should be free to deliver news and if they really understand the situation beforehand and are prepared then it is not overall that bad as the evidence to why and why not to go if there for them to see. But I do think this is a very interesting question and definitely something to be sceptical about.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      inspiring_penguin's comment 14 Oct 2019

      A very thoughtful answer, inspiring_penguin. You've looked at the reasons for both sides. Could you find out how journalists keep themselves safe in dangerous places?

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  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg inspiring_penguin | Graveney School
    15 Oct 2019

    Hi Tom! In all honesty, I believe they really can't as there is never a guarantee they will come out alive. Some take expert measures to keep safe like specialist training and protective gear but you still can never be certain and that is why this is such an interesting topic. Thank you for your comment; my main source for this answer was: https://www.newstatesman.com/world-affairs/2014/10/how-do-journalists-keep-themselves-safe-warzones

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg balanced_badger | Noel Park Primary School
    18 Oct 2019

    i don't think that journalists should go to Hong Kong because violent protests can be involved with them.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School intrepid_hurricane | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    18 Dec 2019

    On the one hand, I think that journalists should go to Hong Kong because they could speak to some activists, like Joshua Wong and see their point of view of the Hong Kong Crisis. They should also go because they can see for themselves what is really going on because not everything you see on the internet is completely true and they can feed back to us here in the UK and tell us what they have seen.

    On the other hand , I think that we shouldn't send journalists to Hong Kong because there are people who support China very strongly and can report anyone who they think is doing wrong. Also,they could be sent to jail in China, where they could be severely punished. It is estimated that 99.9% of people are found guilty when they are arrested in China so we won't find out what they have seen.

    In conclusion, having used reasoning and scepticism, I believe we should send journalists to Hong Kong but only for a short while because if they stay long, a Chinese supporter might catch them. They may then be reported to the police.

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