Two Apple Daily executives charged with collusion with foreign country
BookmarkHONG KONG: Hong Kong police charged the chief editor and chief executive of newspaper Apple Daily on Friday (Jun 18) with collusion with a foreign country, a national security case that has sent chills through the city's media.On Thursday, 500 police raided the media outlet and officers were seen sitting in front of computers in the newsroom after the arrest of five Apple Daily executives at dawn on suspicion that dozens of its articles violated Hong Kong's new security law.
AdvertisementAdvertisementPolice said it charged two of the five on Friday, identified by Apple Daily as 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 to Apple Daily for the same offence after freezing HK$18 million (US$2.32 million) of their assets.The arrests have raised further alarm over media freedom in Hong Kong and have been criticised by Western governments and international rights groups and press associations. headtopics.com
AdvertisementAdvertisementThe 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.Supporters flocked to buy copies of Apple Daily on 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"AdvertisementIn 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.READ: Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily increases print run after police raid headtopics.com
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, an activist and staunch Beijing critic, who owns Next Digital, which publishes 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 protests.
Hong Kong officials have repeatedly said that media freedom and other rights would remain intact, but that national security was a red line.READ: Jailed HK tycoon Jimmy Lai sentenced to 14 months for Oct 1 illegal assemblyChina'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 the Apple Daily newsroom, 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. headtopics.comRead more: CNA »
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HK's Apple Daily says police arrest 5 directors in latest blow to tycoon Jimmy Lai
HK tycoon Jimmy Lai's Apple Daily newsroom raidedIn an early morning raid involving hundreds of officers, Hong Kong national security police arrested five directors of the pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper.Thursday's raid is the latest blow to media tycoon Jimmy Lai who owns the tabloid and is a staunch Beijing critic.Officers entered the tabloid with a warrant to seize journalistic materials.They were later seen sitting at computers in the newsroom and sifting through reporters' notebooks.It's the first time authorities have cited media articles as potentially violating the national security law.The legislation, which came in last year, is not retrospective but can use actions from before its implementation as evidence.Senior superintendent Li Kwai-wah said the tabloid published dozens of reports dating back to 2019 that 'incited foreign countries to impose sanctions'.Lai has been in detention since December and was denied bail under the security law.He's serving several sentences for taking part in unauthorised rallies in 2019 and faces allegations of national security offences.Under that same law, Lai's assets have been frozen.
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