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Hong Kong Security Law, Hong Kong

2 Apple Daily executives charged with collusion with foreign country

The arrests have raised further alarm over media freedom in Hong Kong and have been criticized by Western governments and international rights groups and press associations

6/18/2021 12:15:00 PM

The arrests have raised further alarm over media freedom in Hong Kong and have been criticized by Western governments and international rights groups and press associations.

The arrests have raised further alarm over media freedom in Hong Kong and have been criticized by Western governments and international rights groups and press associations

that has sent chills through the city's media.On Thursday, June 17, 500 police raided the media outlet and officers were seen sitting in front of computers in the newsroom after the arrest of fiveApple Dailyexecutives at dawn on suspicion that dozens of its articles violated Hong Kong's new security law.

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Police said it charged two of the five on Friday, identified byApple Dailyas editor-in-chief Ryan Law and chief executive officer Cheung Kim-hung. The other three, Chief Operating Officer Chow Tat-kuen, Deputy Chief Editor Chan Puiman and Chief Executive Editor Cheung Chi-wai, remain under investigation.

Police also said they would prosecute three companies related toApple DailyThe arrestshave raised further alarm over media freedom in Hong Kong and have been criticized by Western governments and international rights groups and press associations.The national security law imposed by Beijing in 2020 on the former British colony has dropped an authoritarian chill over most aspects of life in Hong Kong, including education and arts. headtopics.com

Democracy supporters flocked to buy copies ofApple Dailyon Friday to protest against the raid.The popular 26-year-old paper, which combines liberal discourse with celebrity gossip and investigations of those in power, increased its Friday press run to 500,000 copies, up from 80,000 the previous day.

'Hang in there'In the Mong Kok district, queues formed at some kiosks at midnight, with some customers carting off hundreds of first editions on trolleys and suitcases."You never know when this newspaper will die," said one reader surnamed Tsang who only gave his last name because of the sensitivity of the matter."As Hong Kongers, we need to preserve the history. Hang in there as long as we can. Although the road is rough, we still need to walk it, as there's no other road."

By the morning, some newsstands in central Hong Kong had already sold out. One displayed a picture of Apple's logo with the words"Support press freedom" beneath it.Tam, a 40-year-old banker, said he'd bought his first newspaper in 20 years after hearing about the raid.

"I don't mean to do anything with the newspaper in my hand. It's just for my conscience," he said.It was the second time police had raided the newsroom after the arrest last year of media tycoon Jimmy Lai, a pro-democracy activist and staunch Beijing critic, who owns Next Digital , which publishes headtopics.com

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Apple Daily.The newspaper printed a similar number after Lai's arrest in August 2020. Lai's assets have since been frozen as he faces three charges under the security law. He is serving prison sentences for taking part in illegal assemblies.It was the first case in which authorities have cited media articles as potentially violating the security law, imposed after almost a year of mass pro-democracy protests.

Hong Kong officials have repeatedly said that media freedom and other rights would remain intact, but that national security was a red line.China's Foreign Commissioner's Office said in a statement the national security law protected press freedom, while warning"external forces" to"keep their hands off Hong Kong."

On Thursday night in theApple Dailynewsroom, Ng, a graphics journalist who only gave his last name, said the raid was"really a pathetic moment for Hong Kong.""If we can’t survive, there's no more press freedom," Ng said as he worked. –

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Hong Kong police declare Apple Daily newsroom a crime scene as editors and executives arrested under national security law Hong Kong police declared the Apple Daily newspaper office a crime scene Thursday, after 500 officers descended on the premises to arrest executives and top editors and seize journalistic materials under the city's national security law.