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    Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested under national security law: top aide

    HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai was arrested on Monday over suspected collusion with foreign forces under the new national security law in a wide-ranging police operation, the highest-profile arrest yet under the legislation.


    Lai, 71, has been one of the most prominent democracy activists in the Chinese-ruled city and an ardent critic of Beijing, which imposed the sweeping new law on Hong Kong on June 30, drawing condemnation from Western countries.


    His arrest marks one of the biggest moments in Beijing’s crackdown against pro-democracy opposition in the city and further stokes concerns about media and other freedoms promised to the former British colony when it returned to China in 1997.


    It “bears out the worst fears that Hong Kong’s National Security Law would be used to suppress critical pro-democracy opinion and restrict press freedom,” said Steven Butler, the Committee to Protect Journalists’ Asia programme coordinator.


    “Jimmy Lai should be released at once and any charges dropped.”


    The new security law punishes anything China considers subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison.


    Critics say it crushes freedoms in the semi-autonomous city, while supporters say it will bring stability after prolonged pro-democracy protests last year.


    “Jimmy Lai is being arrested for collusion with foreign powers at this time,” Mark Simon, a senior executive at Lai’s media company Next Digital (0282.HK), which publishes local tabloid Apple Daily, said early on Monday.


    Hong Kong police said they had arrested seven people on suspicion of breaching the city’s new national security law, citing offences including collusion with foreign powers. They were all local men, aged 39-72, it said, without naming them.


    Police said the operation was ongoing and further arrests were possible.

    Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested under national security law: top aide – Thai PBS World

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    More trumped-up charges by the paranoid chinkies.

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    "National security".

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    Hong Kong residents buy newspaper to support free press

    HONG KONG (AP) — Long lines of people bought up copies of the Apple Daily paper at Hong Kong newsstands Tuesday to support a free press in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.


    The public support came one day after police arrested the publisher of the pro-democracy paper and raided its premises in the most significant enforcement yet of Hong Kong’s new national security law.


    “The government is suppressing freedom of the press,” said Michael Hung, who bought two copies for 10 Hong Kong dollars ($1.25) apiece.


    The newsstand operator said he had sold 200 of his allotment of about 300 papers by late morning. On at typical day, he sells about 100 copies.


    At least 200 police descended on the headquarters of Next Digital, which publishes the Apple Daily, and carted away boxes of what they said was evidence a few hours later.


    Earlier, owner Jimmy Lai, his two sons and others from the company were detained under the national security law. An aide to Lai said they were suspected of collusion with a foreign power, which the law criminalizes. Police did not release details.


    The arrests, along with that of democracy activist Agnes Chow on Monday night, have stoked fears that authorities are using the new law to suppress dissent and free speech.

    Hong Kong residents buy newspaper to support free press – Thai PBS World

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    It's not just the papers they are buying-

    The price of Next Digital saw an early dip of nearly 17 per cent but jumped to HK$0.40 at around 2 pm, soaring 344 per cent. It represented a record high price since last June. The stock eventually closed at HK$0.255, with a 183 per cent surge.

    'Protest rally': Stock price soars by 300% after police arrest Apple Daily owner Jimmy Lai and raid newsroom | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    "National security".
    Yes, it should be in quotes, signifying that is in name only.

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    Apple Daily owner Jimmy Lai freed on bail amid Hong Kong crackdown

    Apple Daily owner Jimmy Lai freed on bail amid Hong Kong crackdown - CNA

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