National security law: list of Apple Daily arrests grows as police detain executive editor-in-chief

22-Jul-2021 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 5:02 AM Print This Post

National security police in Hong Kong arrested Lam Man-chung, executive editor-in-chief of the now-defunct Apple Daily newspaper, on Wednesday morning.

Lam is the eighth senior company executive to be arrested since police last month mounted a sweeping operation against the 26-year-old publication founded by jailed media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying.

Apple Daily executive editor-in-chief Lam Man-chung prepares the newspaper’s final edition last month. Photo: Dickson Lee

Apple Daily executive editor-in-chief Lam Man-chung prepares the newspaper’s final edition last month. Photo: Dickson Lee

The arrests, along with the freezing of millions of dollars in assets, forced its subsequent closure.

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A police source said Lam was detained on suspicion of conspiracy to collude with foreign forces under the national security law. He is being held at Cheung Sha Wan Police Station.

On June 17, the force’s national security unit raided the tabloid-style newspaper’s premises and charged two of five company executives arrested publisher Cheung Kim-hung and editor-in-chief Ryan Law Wai-kwong for their roles in the publication of more than 30 articles allegedly calling for foreign sanctions against Hong Kong and mainland Chinese officials.

Two of the papers’ lead editorial writers, Yeung Ching-kee and Fung Wai-kong, were later arrested, with Fung being intercepted by police at the airport as he attempted to leave for Britain.

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/national-security-law-list-apple-032854305.html

 

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