Hong Kong media mogul arrested underneath new safety legislation

Hong Kong, August 10

The Hong Kong authorities broadened their enforcement of a brand new nationwide safety legislation on Monday, arresting media tycoon Jimmy Lai, looking out the headquarters of his Next Digital Group and carting away packing containers of what they mentioned was proof.

Saw it coming, says Jimmy Lai

I’ve at all times thought I’d in the future be despatched to jail for my publications or for my requires democracy in Hong Kong. But for a number of tweets, and since they’re mentioned to threaten China’s nationwide safety? That’s a brand new one, even for me.

Two days after Chinese and Hong Kong officers shrugged off sanctions imposed on them by the US, the transfer confirmed China’s willpower to implement the brand new legislation and curb dissent within the semi-autonomous metropolis after months of large pro-democracy demonstrations final yr.

The police motion stoked fears that the authorities are suppressing press freedom. Next Digital operates Apple Daily, a feisty pro-democracy tabloid, usually condemns China’s Communist Party authorities. Last yr, the newspaper ceaselessly urged readers to participate in anti-government protests.

The Hong Kong police arrested Lai on Monday morning, an aide to the businessman mentioned, within the highest-profile detention underneath the brand new legislation because it took impact in late June. Lai, 71, is an outspoken pro-democracy determine who repeatedly criticises China’s authoritarian rule and Hong Kong’s authorities.

Mark Simon, a Next Digital govt and Lai’s aide, mentioned Lai was charged with collusion with international powers. He mentioned the police searched the houses of Lai and his son and detained a number of different members of the media firm.

Following Lai’s arrest, about 200 police personnel raided Next Digital’s headquarters, cordoning off the realm, looking out desks and at occasions stepping into heated exchanges with the workers. What police have been in search of within the constructing wasn’t clear, though they later mentioned they took away 25 packing containers of proof for processing. — AP

Britain: China misusing legislation

Britain accused China of utilizing a nationwide safety legislation as a pretext to silence opposition after the Hong Kong media tycoon, Jimmy Lai, turned the highest-profile individual arrested underneath the brand new rule.

Deeply troubled by arrest: US

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned on Monday he was “deeply troubled” by the arrest of Jimmy Lai “under the security law”.

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