Hong Kong media tycoon arrested under new security law

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Jimmy Lai (C), media tycoon and founder of Apple Daily, is escorted by police after he was arrested at his home in Hong Kong, China, 10 August 2020. On 10 August, under the new and controversial national security law, Hong Kong police arrested Jimmy Lai and raided the Apple’s Daily headquarter. According to media reports six others have also been arrested. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Hong Kong media tycoon arrested under new security law

By Zoe Didili
Journalist, New Europe

epa08594568 Jimmy Lai (C), media tycoon and founder of Apple Daily, is escorted by police after he was arrested at his home in Hong Kong, China, 10 August 2020.

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“The police operation is still ongoing and does not rule out more arrests,” the police force said. Hong Kong media tycoon and pro-democracy activist, Jimmy Lai, has been arrested under a new national security law, and detained on suspicion of “colluding” with foreign forces. Earlier in August, police in Hong Kong have ordered the arrest of six pro-democracy activists living in exile, on suspicion of violating China’s new national security law for the city, according to reports by Chinese media. His arrest came amid Beijing’s crackdown on opposition activists in the semi-autonomous region, and amid growing concerns over freedom of expression and media freedom due to the recently adopted national security law. Lai’s arrest is based on a controversial law passed in June, aiming at tackling subversion, terrorism, separatism and collusion with foreign forces, with democracy activists across the world warning that the law will be used to eliminate dissent and tighten Beijing’s control.   Lai, known for his support for the region’s pro-democracy movement and criticism of Beijing, was arrested on Monday along with six others, including his son, while the newspaper he runs, the “Apple Daily,” was searched by around 200 police, who were confiscating documents.
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