A former senior editor of Hong Kong’s shuttered pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily was arrested by nationwide safety police on Wednesday morning.
A police supply informed AFP that former government editor-in-chief Lam Man-chung had been detained.
In an announcement, police stated they’d arrested a 51-year-old former newspaper editor for “collusion with foreign forces”, a nationwide safety crime.
Lam is the ninth worker of Apple Daily arrested below a sweeping nationwide safety legislation that Beijing imposed on Hong Kong final yr after enormous and sometimes violent democracy protests.
Apple Daily, an unapologetic backer of the democracy motion, put out its final version final month after its high management was arrested and its property frozen below the safety legislation.
Lam was the editor who oversaw that last version, ending the paper’s 26-year run.
Authorities stated Apple Daily’s reporting and editorials backed requires worldwide sanctions towards China, a political stance that has been criminalized by the brand new safety legislation.
The tabloid’s proprietor Jimmy Lai, 73, is at present in jail and has been charged with collusion alongside two different executives who’ve been denied bail.
They resist life in jail if convicted.
Among the others arrested, however at present not charged, are two of the paper’s main editorial writers, together with one who was detained at Hong Kong’s airport as he tried to depart the town.
The paper’s sudden demise was a stark warning to all media shops on the attain of a brand new nationwide safety legislation in a metropolis that when billed itself as a beacon of press freedom within the area.
Last week the Hong Kong Journalists Association said media freedoms were “in tatters” as China remolds the as soon as outspoken enterprise hub in its personal authoritarian picture.