HK COPS SEARCH POLLSTER’S OFFICE, RAISE RUCKUS AHEAD OF PRIMARIES
Hong Kong police searched the office of an independent political pollster on Friday, 10 days after Beijing imposed sweeping national security legislation that has sent a chill across the former British colony, Anne Marie Roantree reported for Reuters late on July 10, 2020.
The raid came ahead of weekend primary elections for which pollster Robert Chung’s Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute (HKPORI) is a co-organizer. The primaries for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy camp aim to select candidates who will stand the best chance of achieving a 35-plus majority in Legislative Council polls in September.
Chung told Reuters authorities arrived at his office and he “negotiated” with police to try to understand the basis for their search warrant. He said the police copied some information from computers. Police confirmed to Reuters they had searched his office.
“The police received a report from the public that the computer system of a polling organization was suspected of being hacked and some personal information of the public was leaked,” they said in a statement. “The investigation is still ongoing and no one has been arrested.” Chung told a news conference early Saturday he was worried the information police obtained could be used in other investigations but would do his best to protect his sources. He did not describe the nature of the data taken. “We obtained an oral promise that they wouldn’t use it for other investigations,” Chung said.