Following Lai’s arrest, about 200 police raided Next Digital’s headquarters, cordoning off the area, searching desks and at times getting into heated exchanges with staff. What police were looking for in the building wasn’t clear, although they later said they took away 25 boxes of evidence for processing. … [Read more...] about Hong Kong’s Media Crackdown Has Begun in Earnest
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According to the local broadcaster RTHK, police arrested Lai first at his home before raiding the offices of Next Media, Apple Daily‘s parent company. Police reportedly stormed the scene insisting they had a warrant, but “a staff member then urged them to stop, saying it was unclear what the warrant is about.” At least one reporter confirmed that police never showed those in the office a warrant to confirm the legality of what they were doing. They then brought Lai to the offices while the raid was ongoing. … [Read more...] about Hong Kong: Swarm of 200 Police Raid Anti-Communist Newspaper
President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests some states may 'pay nothing' as part of unemployment plan Trump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran MORE and Congress must put an end to their complacency. Within the last year, Beijing banned the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party. Pro-democracy candidates were disqualified from elections and even arrested. Since the passage of the new security law, free speech, free press, and free assembly have all collapsed. … [Read more...] about Will Hong Kong go the way of Xinjiang?
According to journalist Eric Cheung in Hong Kong, the paper "has printed 550,000 copies on Tuesday — up from the normal circulation of 70,000 copies. In a social media post on Monday night, it urged supporters to purchase physical copies of the newspaper on Tuesday and upload them with the hashtag #SupportAppleDaily and #WeNeedAppleDaily." … [Read more...] about From Belarus to Hong Kong, journalists ‘are bearing the brunt of the global surge in repression’
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