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Hong Kong police arrest five of newspaper Apple Daily

Hong Kong police arrest five of newspaper Apple Daily



Starting with news from hong kong in the  latest blow to the staunch beijing  critic and media tycoon jimmy lie hong  kong police have arrested five  executives  of the pro-democracy apple daily  newspaper the arrests have been made  with a warrant to seize journalistic  materials raising further concerns about  media freedom in hong kong hong kong  police raided the offices of  pro-democracy newspaper apple daily and  arrested five executives  under the cities and national security  law including its chief editor ryan law  calling it a blatant attack on the  editorial side of apple daily an  ad advisor to lice mark simon has  reported  that the top editorial people are being  targeted  and arrested the second rate on apple  daily in less than a year was aimed at  gathering evidence for a case involving  the national security law that beijing  imposed last year  hong kong police have frozen 2.3 million  us dollars worth assets owned by the  three apple daily companies  hong kong police said that five  executives were arrested for collusion  with the foreign  country or with external elements to  endanger national security all five are  executives from next digital which is  apple daily's parent company  foreign  the paper broadcast live footage of the  police trade on its facebook account  officers could be seen corning off the  complex and walking through the building  last year 200 officers went to arrest  jimmy ly on suspicion of colluding with  foreign forces jimmy  who owns the tabloid has been in  detention since last december  he has been denied bail under the  security law in serving several  sentences for taking part in  unauthorized assemblies  during the mass pro-democracy protests  in 2019.  the paper has long been a thorn in  beijing's side and has unapologetically  supported the financial hub's  pro-democracy movement the security law  introduced in hong kong last june  spearheaded a sweeping  crackdown on beijing's critics in hong  kong more than a hundred people have  been arrested under the law many of them  the city is best on democracy activists  the law has criminalized dissent giving  china jurisdiction over some cases  under the law authorities have been  awarded wide-ranging investigation  powers  those convicted of a national security  crime face up to life in prison  and the majority are denied bail after  arrest  and for more on this we are now being  joined by beyond correspondent  richard kimber he's live from hong kong  thank you for joining us richard  the arrests have been made with a  warrant to seize journalistic materials  raising further concerns about media  freedom  how can you explain this to us  yes police here are saying that they  found more than 30 examples of apple  daily articles which they say are  directly calling on foreign countries to  sanction  either hong kong or chinese officials  and that's in direct violation  they say of this new national security  law one of the crimes that the national  security law outlines  is the collusion with foreign forces or  foreign powers  to endanger national security in hong  kong and that's why they're targeting  the apple daily newspaper because it  says that it's publishing  articles that are directly violating  this new law  right richard also this is the second  such raid on the apple daily offices  what does this mean for the ongoing case  and what can we expect going forward  well this is creating a lot of anger  among the media industry here there have  been  countless examples of media spokespeople  from either the international or local  media  calling a foul of this type of activity  they say this is a direct attack  on press freedom which is supposed to be  enshrined in hong kong's own  basic law its own constitution and they  say that the apple daily is being  targeted  for merely doing its job for providing a  mouthpiece for alternative ideas and  opinions  as the media in their eyes should do so  they're concerned about how this is  going to impact  the future publication of any articles  that are critical  of the hong kong government or any ideas  that are critical  of the way that hong kong is being  integrated with china so there are  serious concerns about how the  effect of this action towards the apple  daily will impact the rest of the  censorship  taking place in the media industry  whether that's government-imposed  censorship which the government is  denying  or self-censorship on the part of  journalists who are now  somewhat more fearful of writing or  publishing articles which could fall  under the same category  of being found to be violating the  security law right richard  we do have a statement from the police  that said that five executives  were arrested for collusion with foreign  country or with external elements to  endanger  national security how do you assess this  can we in fact expect any sort of  international intervention here  well there's certainly more calls for  that from what's left of the  pro-democracy movement here but really  that pro-democracy movement has been  crippled  in the last 12 months since the  introduction of this national security  law there are still questions being  asked about whether or not the political  opposition  in hong kong will actually stand in the  upcoming elections in december or not if  it does not then there will be no formal  opposition  whatsoever in the city so really despite  the calls for more international  pressure on hong kong and china  over what's happening as a result of  this national security law there's no  real sense of any change taking place  because so far all of the pressures that  have been meted out towards the hong  kong and chinese governments have been  met with frankly  dismissals from both parties there's no  real sense of any  uh change taking place here despite all  this international frustration  all right richard.

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