Hong Kong: Four journalists from the now-defunct Apple Daily have been arrested after it was shut down due to pressure from the Chinese regime.

Apple Daily CEO Lam Man-Chung. REUTERS / Tyrone Siu

Of the National Security Police Hong Kong He was charged Wednesday night Four former senior officers The pro-democracy newspaper closed Apple Daily.

Former assistant editor of the newspaper, San PuiMan, Chief Editor Boon mouthCong And head teacher Yung SinghKey, Already arrested “Alliance with foreign powersHe was re-arrested while on police bail.

A police source told AFP that he was a former head teacher Lam ManGeneral He was arrested Wednesday morning.

Lam Man-Chung signed the latest edition of the Apple Daily before closing.  REUTERS / Lam Yik
Lam Man-Chung signed the latest edition of the Apple Daily before closing. REUTERS / Lam Yik

In a statement late Wednesday, police said four people between the ages of 51 and 57 were charged “Conspiracy with foreign powers.” They will be taken to West Kowloon Magistrates’ Court for trial on Thursday morning.

Lam is the eighth Apple Daily employee to be detained in a month In virtue Broad National Security Act It was imposed in Beijing and Hong Kong last year after massive and often violent struggles for democracy.

Lam’s girlfriend told local media Citizens News What The arrest took place at his dawn. Police confiscated their computers and mobile phones for questioning. “Today, someone who works in journalism is not psychologically prepared (for this),” he said. Citizens News.

Chan, 51, was one of five executives arrested in mid-June. After hundreds of security agents attacked the newspaper office.

Pro-democracy protesters (below) block access to exit gates during another demonstration at Hong Kong International Airport on August 13, 2019.  - A day later, on August 13, protesters blocked passengers at the exit corridors of Hong Kong Airport.  Residents were forced to cancel all flights to the main international hub.  (Photo by Philip Fong / AFP)
Pro-democracy protesters (below) block access to exit gates during another demonstration at Hong Kong International Airport on August 13, 2019. – A day later, on August 13, protesters blocked passengers at the exit corridors of Hong Kong Airport. Residents were forced to cancel all flights to the main international hub. (Photo by Philip Fong / AFP)

Yung, 55, wrote under the pseudonym Li Ping In newspaper editorials – it expresses the official views of the editorial board- He was arrested a few days after the police raid.

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The Apple Daily, Unwavering supporter of the democratic movement, Released its latest issue on June 23, After the arrest of its top management And freezing your assets under the Security Act.

LamThe 51-year-old, who oversaw that latest edition, ended the newspaper’s 26-year existence. Fungus, 57, is also the former chief commentator of the English language website Apple Daily, It was He is being held at the city airport When he tried to leave the city a few days after the newspaper closed.

Officials confirmed the reports and editorials Apple Daily Approval requests for International sanctions A political position against China, fined by the new security law.

File Photo: A man gestures copies of the latest edition of the Apple Daily published by Next Digital to a newsletter in Hong Kong, China on June 24, 2021.  REUTERS / Lam Yik
File Photo: A man gestures copies of the latest edition of the Apple Daily published by Next Digital to a newsletter in Hong Kong, China on June 24, 2021. REUTERS / Lam Yik

News owner Jimmy Loy The 73-year-old is currently in jail and is being charged along with two executives who were denied bail.

If convicted, they face punishment Life sentence.

Among other prisoners, but currently on bail, CEO of the newspaper and another CEO.

The newspaper suddenly disappeared a Strict warning For all media New National Security Act In a city that was once considered a beacon of press freedom in the region.

The Hong Kong Journalists Association made its statement Anger Y Shock For arrests. The group released its annual report last year, which focused on the city’s media freedoms.Ruin”, As China He redesigns what was an open business center in his own dictatorial image.

(With information from AFP and EFE)

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