Hong Kong Free Press is urging the police to release freelance photographer May James following her arrest in Mong Kok on Sunday whilst she was at work on the frontlines.

Update: Photojournalist May James released on bail without charge as press freedom watchdogs condemn arrest

Ms James has contributed over 2,400 photos to HKFP during dozens of paid-for assignment throughout the summer. It remains unclear why she was detained.

She is a member of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club and the Hong Kong Journalists Association and carries all the appropriate credentials and kit, including a press vest and passes.

HKFP has contacted multiple journalism watchdogs as well as the police, appealing for her immediate release and a full explanation.

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