FILE PHOTO: Lam Man-chung, Govt Editor-in-Chief of Apple Every day reacts on the day of the newspaper’s remaining version in Hong Kong, China June 23, 2021. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
July 22, 2021
HONG KONG (Reuters) – 4 employees members from the now-closed pro-democracy Apple Every day newspaper are set to look in a Hong Kong court docket on Thursday to face fees of colluding with overseas forces underneath a nationwide safety regulation that has intensified fears over media freedoms.
The fees are the newest in a nationwide safety probe into
media tycoon Jimmy Lai’s newspaper, which folded after a number of hundred police raided its headquarters on June 17, freezing key property and financial institution accounts.
Police, who sometimes don’t title individuals underneath investigation, stated that they had charged 4 people, ages 51 to 57, together with one who had been arrested on Wednesday.
Public broadcaster RTHK recognized the 4 as employees of the previous Apple Every day newspaper, together with the previous government editor-in-chief, who was arrested on Wednesday.
The police power’s nationwide safety division stated it was charging 4 individuals, whom it didn’t determine, “for the offence of conspiracy to collude with a overseas nation or with exterior parts to hazard nationwide safety.”
Media group Subsequent Digital, which printed Apple Every day, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The favored tabloid of staunch Beijing critic Lai printed its final version on June 24 after the police raid and several other employees arrests.
Police have stated dozens of the paper’s articles might have violated town’s China-imposed nationwide safety regulation, the primary occasion of authorities taking intention at media stories underneath the laws.
Critics of the regulation, launched in June 2020, say it has been used to muzzle dissent and erode elementary freedoms, together with these of the media, within the former British colony that returned to Chinese language rule in 1997.
Authorities have denied the erosion of rights and freedoms, together with the media, in Hong Kong, however stated acts that endangered China’s nationwide safety crossed a pink line. Safety officers have stated regulation enforcement actions are primarily based on proof and don’t have anything to do with a person’s background or career.
(Writing by Farah Grasp. Modifying by Gerry Doyle)