00:00:00
Hong Kong police arrest another Apple Daily editor under security law
Publicado: 21/07/2021

Hong Kong police arrest another Apple Daily editor under security law

Hong Kong (AFP) -

A former senior editor of Hong Kong's shuttered pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily was arrested by national security police on Wednesday morning.

A police source told AFP that former executive editor-in-chief Lam Man-chung had been detained.

In a statement, police said they had arrested a 51-year-old former newspaper editor for 'collusion with foreign forces', a national security crime.

Lam is the eighth employee of Apple Daily arrested under a sweeping national security law that Beijing imposed on Hong Kong last year after huge and often violent democracy protests.

Lam's girlfriend told local media Citizen News that the arrest was made at home at dawn. Police seized his computers and mobile phones for investigation.

'Nowadays working in journalism, one wouldn't be unprepared psychologically (for this),' she told Citizen News.

Apple Daily, an unapologetic backer of the democracy movement, put out its last edition last month after its top leadership was arrested and its assets frozen under the security law.

Lam was the editor who oversaw that final edition, ending the paper's 26-year run.

Authorities said Apple Daily's reporting and editorials backed calls for international sanctions against China, a political stance that has been criminalised by the new security law.

The tabloid's owner Jimmy Lai, 73, is currently in prison and has been charged with collusion alongside two other executives who have been denied bail.

They face up to life in prison if convicted.

Among the others arrested, but currently not charged, are two of the paper's leading editorial writers, including one who was detained at Hong Kong's airport as he tried to leave the city.

The paper's sudden demise was a stark warning to all media outlets on the reach of a new national security law in a city that once billed itself as a beacon of press freedom in the region.

Last week the Hong Kong Journalists Association said media freedoms were 'in tatters' as China remoulds the once outspoken business hub in its own authoritarian image.

Más en Zeta

  • La demagogia de Carles

    31 July 2021
    El diputado Luis Ernesto Carles presentó un anteproyecto de ley que queire prohibir que un funcio...
  • El "nocaut" de Rosendo y Polanco

    25 July 2021
    El periodista Rubén Polanco y el abogado Rosendo Rivera mandaron a Roberto Eisenman a pagar sus i...
  • Historias de ayer que duelen hoy

    11 July 2021
    Comenzaron a circular una publicación del diario El Tiempo de Colombia, del año 1994, donde se af...
  • Se están desarticulando

    03 July 2021
    El Partido Popular está enfrascado en una pugna interna que se origina en el manejo de la plata d...

    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.