Hong Kong police arrested the previous govt editor-in-chief of the now-closed pro-democracy Apple Daily tabloid on Wednesday, native media reported, the most recent arrest in a nationwide safety investigation of media tycoon Jimmy Lai’s newspaper.
Police, who sometimes don’t determine people beneath investigation, stated in an announcement that they had arrested a 51-year-old former male newspaper editor on suspicion of “conspiring to collude with foreign countries or foreign forces to endanger national security.”
Media group Next Digital, which revealed Apple Daily, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The standard tabloid of staunch Beijing critic Lai folded after a number of hundred police raided its headquarters on June 17 and froze key belongings and financial institution accounts. It printed its final version on June 24.
Police have stated dozens of the paper’s articles might have violated the town’s China-imposed nationwide safety legislation, the primary occasion of authorities taking goal at media reviews beneath the laws.
Critics of the legislation, launched in June 2020, say it has been used to muzzle dissent and erode elementary freedoms, together with these of the media, within the former British colony, which returned to Chinese rule in 1997.
Authorities have denied the erosion of rights and freedoms in Hong Kong, however have stated acts that endanger China’s nationwide safety cross a purple line. Security officers have stated legislation enforcement actions are based mostly on proof and don’t have anything to do with a person’s background or occupation.
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