“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
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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
On Friday, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and 10 other government officials were sanctioned by the United States for paring away the freedoms of people who reside in the city. Lam is “directly responsible for implementing Beijing’s policies of suppression of freedom and democratic processes,” the Treasury Department said. … [Read more...] about Jimmy Lai, Hong Kong Media Mogul Who Met With Pompeo and Pence, Arrested for ‘Collusion With Foreign Forces’
We looked the other way when Buddhist and Taoist temples and statues, along with mosques and churches, were damaged or destroyed, and religious leaders were jailed, all at the direction of the Chinese government. We stood idly by as they infringed upon the territory of other sovereign states, including U.S. allies like Japan and Taiwan. We have largely tolerated their massive, systemic disregard for the freedom of the press. We were willing to forgive, forget, or ignore all of those transgressions and many more for the sake of our economy, but we have now come to a breaking point. … [Read more...] about Will Hong Kong go the way of Xinjiang?
“With the passage of the national security law and the really tough powers given to the police in their operations, we have seen now what we call ‘white terror’ become a reality, which will affect media organizations and journalists’ reporting,” said Chris Yeung, chairman of the Hong Kong Journalists Association. … [Read more...] about Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested, newsroom raided under China’s new security law