Hong Kong crackdown on pro-democracy news
Hong Kong’s autonomy has been further undermined with the arrest of the editor-in-chief and 4 executives of the territory’s biggest pro-democracy newspaper, with some 500 officers raiding Apple Daily‘s headquarters. Assets worth HK$18 million (A$3 million) owned by 3 companies linked to the publication were frozen, and police also declared the newspaper’s offices a crime scene. Apple Daily is known for publishing anti-China views, and it’s been targeted for allegedly breaching a national security law by publishing articles calling on countries to impose sanctions on Hong Kong and mainland China, authorities say. Dozens of people have been arrested and charged under the controversial law since it was implemented last year following massive pro-democracy protests in 2019. That includes media tycoon and Apple Daily owner Jimmy Lai, who earlier this year was handed a 14-month prison sentence over tweets authorities say proved he endangered national security by colluding with foreign forces. He also faces additional charges that could see him face life imprisonment. #SquizShortcuts
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