søndag 2. januar 2022

Hong Kong justice chief says foreign critics of journalist arrests are in violation of int’l law

Hong Kong Justice Secretary Teresa Cheng has said that criticism from foreign politicians and organisations over the arrest of figures connected to Stand News are “baseless” and “in blatant violation of international law.” On Wednesday, the arrests and raid on the offices of the now-defunct news outlet attracted condemnation from the United Nations, the European Union as well as other countries including the US, Germany and Canada.

The seven-year old pro-democracy digital news outlet saw seven people connected to it arrested by national security police over suspected conspiracy to publish seditious materials, including its top editor, former editor-in-chief, his wife, as well as four former durectors. The police operation prompted several countries and international bodies to issue statements condemning the arrests. But on Friday, Cheng rejected their comments, saying their demands for the release of media figures was “appalling.”