Police confirmed in a statement that the man had been detained by the National Security department and said he was suspected of colluding with foreign countries to jeopardize national security.
He was not named by police, but local media identified him as Lee Man-chung, the executive editor of Apple Daily. He is the eighth Apple Daily employee to be arrested following an initial investigation of five executives and later the arrest of two editors.
The newspaper, part of Next Digital, had its assets seized in June and forced to close its print and online editions. So far, only two of the eight, publisher Cheung Kim-heung and editor-in-chief Ryan Law Wai-kwong, have been charged. They allegedly published 30 articles that jeopardized China’s national security by calling for sanctions against Hong Kong and mainland Chinese officials.
The US has imposed multiple rounds of sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals for their roles in allegations of human rights abuses in Xinjiang, as well as against government figures and high-ranking police officers. high in Hong Kong during the current crackdown in the city.
Beijing enacted the National Security Law in Hong Kong a year ago. It describes crimes including secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces. It also created new security agencies in Hong Kong and opened up the possibility of extradition to mainland China in certain cases.
The first trial under the NSL is currently taking place in Hong Kong. The case against Tong Yin-kit, a man who allegedly jeopardized national security by driving his motorcycle into police, is being heard by a panel of three judges.
The full police statement read: “The National Security Bureau of the Hong Kong Police Force conducted a coercive operation today (July 21) and arrested a 51-year-old former male editor. age of a media company for colluding with foreign countries or with external factors to jeopardize national security. He is suspected of being involved in a case discovered in June.
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