Hong Kong arrests Apple Daily columnist at airport
Columnist for defunct pro-democracy Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily was arrested at the airport on Sunday evening as he attempted to leave the territory, local media reported.
the South China Morning Post and online media Citizen News cited unidentified sources as claiming columnist Fung Wai-kong (was) was arrested on suspicion of foreign collusion aimed at endangering national security.
Fung, who wrote under the pseudonym Lo Fung (盧 峰), was supposed to leave for Britain when he was arrested, local media reported.
Police said they arrested a 57-year-old man at the airport on Sunday evening under the National Security Act, but did not identify him.
He is the second columnist for Apple Daily to be arrested, and the seventh person to be arrested at the newspaper in two weeks. So far, the seven people arrested are either journalists or senior officials of the Apple Daily, as Hong Kong authorities crack down on dissent, arresting most pro-democracy figures in the territory and reorganizing Hong Kong’s election laws to prevent opposition voices from entering the legislature.
The Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) condemned the police for targeting journalists.
“The HKJA reiterates that freedom of speech and freedom of the press are core values of Hong Kong,” she said in a statement. “If even the writing of scholars cannot be tolerated, it will be difficult for Hong Kong to be considered an international city.”
Fung’s arrest also comes as pro-democracy online outlet Stand News said in a statement it would remove comments posted on its site before this month and end its fundraising efforts due to concerns. concerning the radical law on national security.
Steps were taken to protect the media’s supporters, writers and editors in the Hong Kong “literary inquisition”, Stand News said in a statement.
Despite the precautionary measures taken, Stand News is committed to continuing to report the news.
“Over the past six and a half years, the Stand News team has gone through hardships and trials with the people of Hong Kong, cherishing each other and weaving a common memory of Hong Kong’s survival,” he said. stated in a press release. “To convey these memories, we will stick to our messages, walk with the people of Hong Kong, and write and record news and events in Hong Kong. “
The online news platform also said it would stop taking money from subscribers and donors, and stop accepting new subscriptions to avoid the risk of wasted money.
Under the National Security Law, assets can be frozen if authorities believe the money is linked to a related crime.
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