Hong Kong Police Arrest Apple Daily Columnist On Security Charge
Umer Jamshaid 1 month ago Wed 23rd June 2021 | 10:20 AM
Hong Kong, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 23rd Jun, 2021 ) :Hong Kong police arrested a columnist at pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily (tabloid) using a new national security law, days after the force raided its newsroom, arrested five executives and froze its assets.
Police said a 55-year-old man was arrested "on suspicion of colluding with foreign forces to endanger national security".
Five executives, including chief editor Ryan Law and CEO Cheung Kim-hung, were arrested under the charge of colluding with foreign forces.
Law and Cheung were officially charged on Saturday and remanded into custody.
Board members of the paper's parent group Next Digital have asked Hong Kong's Security Bureau to unfreeze some of its assets so it can pay staff.
If that does not happen, the paper said it will cease publishing with a final print date to be announced on Friday.
In a Facebook update, the paper's union said it had been told Saturday would be the last edition if management decide to fold.
Authorities have not released a list of Apple Daily's articles or columns that have been deemed a national security crime.