tirsdag 29. juni 2021

Hong Kong police arrest senior Apple Daily journalist at airport

Hong Kong police have arrested a former senior Apple Daily journalist at the airport while he was attempting to leave the city. The 57-year-old journalist is the seventh staff member of the now-closed pro-democracy newspaper to be detained, after police accused them and the paper of foreign collusion under the national security law.

The arrests have sent a chill across the industry, with reports on Monday of some outlets receiving anonymous threats. Another news site, Stand News, took down all published opinion pieces. The Apple Daily journalist Fung Wai-kong was believed to be leaving Hong Kong for the UK when he was arrested on Sunday night, local media reported. Police said he was detained for “conspiring to collude with foreign countries or foreign forces to endanger national security”, and had been held while investigations continued.