fredag 18. juni 2021

Apple Daily arrests another blow to HK press freedom

The latest arrest of Apple Daily editors and executives and the seizure of materials at the newspaper’s headquarters will have a chilling effect on Hong Kong’s media and undermine the city’s press freedom, according to eight media workers groups. The large-scale operation by Hong Kong police at Next Media’s office on Thursday was more invasive than the one last August as officers searched desks and phones used by journalists, said Chris Young, chairperson of the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA).

“It is difficult to describe in words how horrible the situation of Hong Kong’s press freedom is,” Yeung said. “In the past, courts have checks and balances on whether law enforcement departments should be granted a warrant to search a news organization. Such restraint no longer exists now.”

Yeung said people would be less willing to talk to journalists if they felt that they would not be able to stay anonymous. He also said Apple Daily was accused of publishing dozens of articles that called for sanctioning Hong Kong and China but these articles might not necessarily represent the view of the media.