The role of the press is to observe and report impartially world events. In doing so brave members of the press often place themselves in difficult and dangerous situations.
In Civil unrest such as at present in Hong Kong that means often being between police and protesters.
Those protesting usually want the attention of the press and the oxygen of publicity, which is why members of the press being attacked by demonstrators in Hong Kong is very surprising.
The Brussels Press Club, the European Federation of Press Clubs and the International Association of Press Clubs condemns attacks on journalists by either party and calls upon protestors and police alike to respect the safety of journalists and news crews.”