Hong Kong’s National Security Police arrested Lam Man-chung, former executive editor-in-chief of the now-closed pro-democracy Apple Daily tabloid. A few weeks earlier, the newspaper had to cease operations after its assets were confiscated. Chung is the eighth person arrested in a national security investigation of media tycoon Jimmy Lai’s newspaper.
Chung arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to collude with foreign forces to endanger national security, the South China Morning Post newspaper quoted an unnamed source as saying. It printed its last edition on June 24. This newspaper has been opposing China’s repressive policies for years.
Apple Daily printed last edition on June 24:
This Chinese-dominated metropolis had given an emotional farewell to the Apple Daily newspaper, which became the voice of democracy. When the last edition of the newspaper sold, thousands of people seen queuing up to buy it. The enthusiasm for getting a copy of the newspaper was so much that Apple Daily, with a regular circulation of 80,000 copies, printed one million copies. This last copy of the Apple Daily for the citizens of Hong Kong with a population of 7.5 million was a symbol of a voice against China’s suppression of democracy.
Apple Daily reported that the police have sealed its resources worth about Rs 17 crore. Five chief editors arrested, while several officers in custody. Security officials have said law enforcement actions are based on evidence and have nothing to do with an individual’s background or profession.
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