onsdag 23. juni 2021

Hong Kong police arrest editorial writer at Apple Daily newspaper

The editorial writer for Hong Kong’s Apple Daily newspaper has been arrested, the latest move in a media crackdown under the national security law that saw hundreds of police raid its newsroom and arrest senior figures last week. Police confirmed the arrest of a 55-year-old man in Tseung Kwan O on Wednesday morning, “on suspicion of conspiring to collude with foreign countries or foreign forces to endanger national security”.

He was later identified by the pro-democracy Apple Daily as its lead opinion writer, who publishes under the name Li Ping. Li is the first known arrest of a writer connected to the police operationlaunched on Thursday last week. Authorities said the five arrested executives, including editor-in-chief Ryan Law and chief executive Cheung Kim-hung, who were later charged, were responsible for more than 30 articles that called for foreign sanctions against the Hong Kong and Chinese governments.