pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily In Hong Kong on Friday, the day after Police raid In the editorial room and the arrest of a number of executives, they reappeared on the shelves, with a very large spread and a typical newspaper resistance message on the front page, stating: “We must continue.” 500,000 copies of the newspaper were printed on Friday, compared to 80,000 the day before.
The editors chose a simple front page with pictures of the five suspended executives and a clear headline that read: “National Security Police searched Apple, arrested five, and seized 44 hard drives.”
The newspaper and its jailed owner Jimmy Lai have long been a thorn in Beijing’s side with their unwavering support for the pro-democracy movement in the financial center and their scathing criticism of China’s authoritarian leaders.
Editor-in-chief Ryan Low and publisher Cheung Kim-hong, among others, Mildt have been arrested South China Morning Newspaper. According to the newspaper, about two hundred officers stormed the headquarters at about seven in the morning local time, and the operation was over by 1:30 in the afternoon. The officers searched, among other things, laptops and documents. Police said they were looking for evidence of incitement to foreign interference. Journalists were not allowed into the workplace and had to register before they could enter the building.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the arrests showed Beijing was using national security law to target dissidents. The minister noted that freedom of the press is one of the rights that China promised to protect in the treaty signed by China and the United Kingdom in 1984 regarding the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997. He calls on the Chinese to respect this.
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