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Hong Kong police attack anti-Beijing news agency and arrest 6 people

The arrested people are affiliated with Stand News, one of Hong Kong’s loudest anti-Chinese news outlets.

Six people were arrested in a colonial crime ordinance. (Reuters)

Hong Kong police attacked the office of an online news agency after arresting six people in a plot to publish an instigating publication.

According to police, the six were arrested early Wednesday under the Colonial Crime Ordinance for a plot to publish incendiary content, and a search for their residence was underway.

According to police, more than 200 police officers participated in the investigation. They had a warrant to seize relevant journalism material under the National Security Act enacted last year.

According to the locals South China Morning Post Newspapers and police arrested four former board members in Stand News, including one current editor and one former editor, and singer and activist Denise Ho and former lawmaker Margaret Ng. ..

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Crackdown on opposition

Police did not identify the person arrested.

Early on Wednesday, Stand news Posted a video to Facebook Police officers at Deputy Editor-in-Chief Ronson Chan’s house are investigating alleged crimes.

Mr. Chan, who is also the chairman of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, was not arrested, but was taken away for interrogation. South China Morning Post..

Arrests occur when authorities crack down on an objection in a semi-autonomous Chinese city.

Police charged former newspaper Jimmy Lai with sedition on Tuesday.his Apple Daily The newspaper was closed after the property was frozen.

Earlier this year, Stand News announced that national security law would suspend subscriptions and remove most opinion pieces and columns from its website. Six directors also resigned from the company.

The Hong Kong Journalists Association has urged the city government to protect press freedom in accordance with Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, the Basic Law.

“The Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) is deeply concerned that police have repeatedly arrested senior members of the media within a year and searched the news agency’s office, which contains a large amount of journalism material,” he said in a statement. rice field.

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Total assault on freedom “

Benedict Rogers, co-founder and CEO of the non-governmental organization Hong Kong Watch, said the arrest was “a total attack on Hong Kong’s press freedom.”

“When the free press guaranteed by Hong Kong’s basic law is labeled’inciting’, it is a symbol of the speed at which this once great and open international city is nothing more than a police state,” he said. rice field.

Wednesday’s arrest also followed last week’s removal of sculptures and other artwork from the university campus.

The work supports democracy and commemorates the victims of China’s crackdown on democratic protesters at Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 1989.

Source: TRT World and distributors

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