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Apple Daily editor-in-chief arrested at Hong Kong airport

Hong Kong Police. EFE / EPA / JEROME FAVRE / Archive

Chief Editor Apple Daily, A newspaper accusing Hong Kong authorities of violating the National Security Act was arrested this Sunday At the airport of the former British colony.

At around 10pm (local time), Fung Wai Kang, 57, was arrested by police while attempting to leave Hong Kong for the United Kingdom. South China Morning Post.

Currently imprisoned media mogul Jimmy Loy owns the newspaper and is one of the largest circulating newspapers in Hong Kong., After suspending all its activities and freezing its accounts, arrested the editor-in-chief, Ryan La and other executives, and went down in history.

Police charged with “undermining national security”, citing one in thirty articles Apple Daily, The majority of comments or articles calling for sanctions against Hong Kong and China.

For its part, Hong Kong President Gary Lam has backed the arrest of several members of the Apple Daily newspaper. He emphasized that the letter was not a signal of a formal antitrust inquiry into the allegations.

A man with the final edition of the Apple Daily in Hong Kong.  REUTERS / Lam Yik
A man with the final edition of the Apple Daily in Hong Kong. REUTERS / Lam Yik

On the other hand, many international newspaper companies set up their regional headquarters in Hong Kong, inspired by the business-friendly terms and independent speech standards in the city’s constitution. But now many local and international media are wondering whether to stay in the former British colony.

Hong Kong fell sharply in its annual Press Freedom Index without borders, from 18 in 2002 to 80 this year.. China ranks 177th out of 180 countries, ahead of Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea.

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Authorities in China and Hong Kong have praised the security law, which the media has warned should not “dismantle the government”, considering it has been able to restore stability after the 2019 protests.

Hong Kong arrested more than 10,000 people in the run-up to the 2019 anti-government protests. This unrest criticized a National Security Act passed by the Chinese parliament in June 2020. Among those arrested is Lai, who is serving a prison sentence for participating in the protests and other crimes. The international community has condemned the arrests and the blocking of one of Hong Kong’s most important newspapers.

With information from Europa Publishing

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