Former Apple Daily editor-in-chief Lam Man-chung arrested by police in Hong Kong
HONG KONG – Hong Kong National Security Police arrested a former editor of the now-defunct pro-democracy Apple Daily on Wednesday, weeks after the newspaper was shut down after authorities froze its assets.
Apple Daily editor-in-chief Lam Man-chung was arrested on suspicion of collaborating with foreign forces to endanger national security, according to the South China Morning Post newspaper, which quoted an unnamed source. He is the eighth person in the newspaper to be arrested in the past few weeks.
Police said a 51-year-old former editor was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a similar case in June but had not identified him.
In June, police raided the newspaper’s offices and confiscated hard drives and laptops as evidence. The arrests of the newspaper’s top executives, editors, and journalists, as well as the $ 2.3 million asset freeze, caused Apply Daily to cease operations last month. It sold a million copies of its last edition.
After months of anti-government protests in 2019, Beijing passed a comprehensive national security law in the semi-autonomous city last year, which critics say undermines the freedoms promised to the former British colony that cannot be found in mainland China are. More than 100 supporters of the democracy movement were arrested, many others fled abroad.
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