China passed the sweeping national-security law on July 1, months after huge protests erupted in Hong Kong over a different bill, which would make it easier to extradite criminal defendants to the mainland. Apple Daily, Lai’s paper, encouraged those demonstrations. (Lai had previously been arrested twice this year, accused of joining unsanctioned protests in 2019.) … [Read more...] about Hong Kong’s Media Crackdown Has Begun in Earnest
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“In the face of these illegal, unreasonable and barbaric tactics, the staff of Apple Daily will stay fearless and continue speaking the truth amid persecution … Raiding a news institution is a severe attack on press freedom and should not be tolerated in a civilized society,” the statement read. “The regime believes that we will be silenced by intimidation and harassment, and that they can take an international city down the path of autocracy. Hong Kong’s press freedom is now hanging by a thread, but our staff will remain fully committed to our duty to defend the freedom of the press.” … [Read more...] about Hong Kong: Swarm of 200 Police Raid Anti-Communist Newspaper
China’s leaders clearly believe there will not be any greater economic consequences in the midst of a global pandemic. They are fortifying Hong Kong’s ability to participate in global commerce even as they suppress free speech, arrest thousands, and punish leaders who support the right to peacefully protest. After all, the United States looked the other way (or, rather, elsewhere) for half a century of transgressions — they can probably get away with half a century more. President Trump should prove them wrong.Bilal Baloch is the Co-Founder and COO of GlobalWonks. He is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute. Follow him on Twitter @bilalabaloch … [Read more...] about Will Hong Kong go the way of Xinjiang?
HONG KONG—The founder of a popular newspaper has been arrested by the Hong Kong Police Force, six weeks after Beijing passed a national-security law that carries a maximum penalty of life in prison for people deemed to have participated in acts of “secession, subversion, treason, or collusion with foreign forces” against the Chinese and Hong Kong governments. … [Read more...] about Jimmy Lai, Hong Kong Media Mogul Who Met With Pompeo and Pence, Arrested for ‘Collusion With Foreign Forces’
The founder and chairman of Hong Kong Watch, Benedict Rogers, said: “The arrest of Jimmy Lai, his sons and colleagues is one of the most brazen assaults on basic freedom of expression and freedom of the press since the national security law was imposed on Hong Kong by the Chinese Communist Party on 1 July.” … [Read more...] about Hong Kong’s Last British Governor: Jimmy Lai Arrest ‘Most Outrageous Assault Yet’ on Hong Kong’s Free Press