In Hong Kong, the former editor-in-chief of the pro-democratic newspaper Apple Daily was arrested. The police only announces that a 51-year-old male former editor has been arrested, but a police source confirms that it‘s about Lam Man-chung.
Lam was editor in chief of the newspaper that had to stop at the end of June under pressure from the Chinese government. Since the adoption of the controversial security law in Hong Kong last year, Apple Daily has been under attack.
Last month, a newspaper raid was made and several journalists were arrested for endangering national security. The company’s funds were also frozen. A week after that raid, the publication stopped.
The former editor-in-chief is now stuck on suspicion of “interaction with foreign forces”. Owner Jimmy Lai and two key Apple Daily employees have been arrested before.
According to the Chinese authorities, dozens of newspaper articles were in breach of the security law introduced in 2020. Critics say that the law limits fundamental freedoms, but authorities contradict that and say that acts that threaten Chinese national security crosses a border. More detainments are not excluded.