Hong Kong police put three former journalists with the forcibly-closed Apple Every day newspaper behind bars, making one new arrest and revoking bail for 2 different arrestees.
Nationwide safety police arrested former Apple Every day govt editor Lam Man-chung “for enquiries” into an ongoing investigation, the police power and a journalists’ affiliation mentioned.
Lam, 51, is being held on suspicion of “conspiracy to collude with a international energy.”
“Police don’t rule out the potential for additional arrests,” the power mentioned.
“The nationwide safety division of the [Hong Kong] police has arrested Lam Man-chung, the previous govt editor of the Apple Every day, on suspicion of ‘conspiring to collude with international forces to hazard nationwide safety’,” the Hong Kong Journalists’ Affiliation (HKJA) mentioned in an announcement on its web site.
“A number of senior editors on the Apple Every day have been arrested in latest months,” it mentioned.
“The HKJA expresses indignation on the authorities’ repeated concentrating on of journalists from the identical group,” the assertion mentioned. “We’re additionally shocked and puzzled as to why police would arrest a former worker of a media group that has now ceased working.”
Police additionally revoked bail for 2 different former prime editors on the paper, which was compelled to shut final month after its belongings had been frozen throughout a nationwide safety police raid on its headquarters in Tseung Kwan O.
Former Apple Every day affiliate writer Chan Pui-man and columnist Fung Wai-kong had been taken into custody at police stations in Sau Mau Ping and Wan Chai respectively.
They had been first arrested on Jun. 17, on suspicion of the identical offense, however later launched on bail.
Press freedom “in tatters”
The HKJA mentioned final week that press freedom in Hong Kong is “in tatters” the compelled closure of the Apple Every day and the arrests of columnists beneath the nationwide safety legislation.
Press freedom within the metropolis has been more and more affected by political “purple strains” laid down after the ruling Chinese language Communist Social gathering (CCP) imposed its nationwide safety legislation on the town from July 1, 2020, the group mentioned in an annual report revealed final week.
It listed the arrest of Apple Every day founder Jimmy Lai on fees of “colluding with international powers,” a forthcoming legislation banning “pretend information,” authorities management over content material broadcast by RTHK, and the arrest of a journalist for looking a public database for automobile license plates for a documentary.
“The HKJA calls on the federal government to not maintain arresting journalists within the title of nationwide safety, and creating an environment of concern within the business,” the group mentioned on Wednesday.
In the meantime, a court docket in Hong Kong on Wednesday sentenced two college students to jail for “rioting” throughout the siege of the Chinese language College of Hong Kong (CUHK) on Nov. 12, 2019.
Cheung Chun-ho, 20, and Tang Hei-man, 25, had been amongst dozens of people that threw bricks, petrol bombs and different objects in a bid to carry off troops of riot police, who fired greater than 1,000 tear gasoline rounds onto the college campus in a single day.
Cheung was sentenced to four-and-a-half years’ imprisonment, and Tang to a few years, 9 months.
Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie.