Hong Kong, 17 June 2021 (dpa/MIA) – Hong Kong Police arrested the chief editor of the independent Apple Daily newspaper in a raid early on Thursday, local media reported.
Chief editor Ryan Law Wai-kwong and four of the newspaper’s directors were arrested under Hong Kong’s controversial national security law, the South China Morning Post reported citing unnamed sources.
Hong Kong Police confirmed in a statement that five directors of a company were arrested on suspicion of collusion with a foreign country or with external elements to endanger national security.
Four men and a woman were arrested and detained and searches were conducted at their residences, police said.
Dozens of well-known activists have been jailed for relatively minor offences since Hong Kong’s national security law came into effect last year and introduced tough prison terms for acts of subversion, secession, terrorism and colluding with foreigners.
Apple Daily‘s founder, media mogul Jimmy Lai, is currently serving sentences for convictions under the Beijing-imposed law.
Critics say the broadly defined law is being used to crack down on opposition voices, some of the loudest of which have come from Lai’s media network.