In the latest wave of arrests, the police accused five people of “colluding with foreign forces” and arrested them in accordance with the National Security Law. Dozens of police officers were sent to the headquarters of the media group.
Hong Kong police arrested the editor-in-chief of Apple Daily, a media group founded by jailed democracy activist Li Zhiying, and four other directors suspected of violating national security in a series of early morning raids on Thursday. , Because dozens of police officials prevented access to the Hong Kong headquarters of the media group,
“Apple Daily” said that its editor-in-chief Luo An, chief executive Zhang Jianxiong, chief operating officer Zhou Daquan, deputy chief editor Chen Peiwen, and chief executive editor Zhang Zhiwei have all been arrested. During the morning raid.
They were accused of “colluding with foreign forces.”
The South China Morning Post quoted an unnamed police source as saying: “The report published by the newspaper is suspected of constituting a crime under the National Security Act.”
Local media said that the police arrived at the headquarters of the media group at around 7 am (23:00 GMT Wednesday) and held a search warrant.
The entrance to the compound was blocked, and the police’s official Facebook page showed a live broadcast, with reporters gathering outside.
“The police are conducting law enforcement operations in the Tseung Kwan O Industrial Zone,” it said.
A reporter from Apple Daily said that the police only allowed them to go to the cafeteria, and they also broadcast the raid live.
China implemented the National Security Law nearly a year ago, after this semi-autonomous city experienced violent protests for several months in 2019. This broadly worded law criminalizes subversion, sedition, collusion with foreign powers, and secession of the country, and may be sentenced to life imprisonment, but critics say it is used to suppress legitimate political debates, dozens of people. Democratic politicians and activists were arrested.
Last August, when the police also arrested Lai Raid on the headquarters of the Media Group. This 73-year-old man is Imprisoned in December After the court refused him bail. Under the security law, he faces three charges, including collusion with foreign countries.
Last month, the authorities used the security law to impose Freeze Lai’s assets.