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‘Apple Daily’ editor-in-chief arrested at Hong Kong airport


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The editor-in-chief of the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily, which closed last week, was detained by Hong Kong police on Sunday as he was preparing to leave the country, according to local media. After the arrest of some of those responsible and the freezing of its assets, the ‘Apple Daily’, very critical of Chinese leaders, was forced to close after 26 years and published its latest issue on Thursday, June 24.

Fung Wai-long, Editor-in-Chief and Head of the Opinion Section of the English website, is the seventh person in charge of the detained newspaper under the national security law imposed by China almost a year ago.

Police confirmed that they had detained a 57-year-old man at the airport for “collusion with foreign forces and powers.” However, he did not mention the name of Fung, who signed under the pseudonym Lo Fung. According to local media, he was taken into custody for investigation.

Some 500 policemen raided the newspaper’s offices on June 17 and five of those responsible were arrested. Two of them were accused of «collusion with foreign forces»For various articles calling for international sanctions against Chinese leaders and they were placed in preventive detention.

A few days later, publisher Yeung Ching-kee was arrested on the same charge. However, he was released on bail. The tabloid owner, the media mogul Jimmy Lai, is in preventive detention, sentenced to several prison terms for his participation in the 2019 pro-democracy protests.

The Hong Kong Journalists Association said in a statement Monday that recent events, including the closure of the Apple Daily, have almost “wiped out the freedom of the press” in Hong Kong.

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