HONG KONG (AP) — An editorial author of the now-defunct Hong Kong pro-democracy newspaper Apple Each day was arrested on the airport on Sunday night time whereas making an attempt to go away the town, native media reported.
Native newspaper South China Morning Submit and on-line information outlet Citizen Information cited unidentified sources stating that editorial author Fung Wai-kong was arrested on suspicion of overseas collusion to hazard nationwide safety.
Fung was believed to be leaving for Britain when he was arrested, native media reported. Police stated they arrested a 57-year-old man on the airport on Sunday night time underneath the nationwide safety regulation, however didn’t establish him.
He’s the seventh Apple Each day govt to be arrested in two weeks, as Hong Kong authorities crack down on dissent within the semi-autonomous metropolis, arresting many of the metropolis’s distinguished pro-democracy figures and revamping Hong Kong’s election legal guidelines to maintain opposition voices out of the legislature.
His arrest additionally comes as pro-democracy on-line information outlet Stand Information stated in an announcement that it could take away commentaries revealed on its web site earlier than June and halt its fundraising efforts as a result of issues over the sweeping nationwide safety regulation.
The measures had been taken to guard the information outlet’s supporters, writers and editorial staffers within the “literary inquisition” of Hong Kong, Stand Information stated in an announcement.
Regardless of the precautionary measures taken, Stand Information pledged to maintain reporting the information.
“Up to now six and a half years, the Stand Information group has been by means of trials and hardships with the individuals of Hong Kong, cherishing one another and weaving the frequent reminiscence of Hong Kong’s survival,” it stated in an announcement. “To cross on these recollections, we are going to persist with our posts, stroll with the individuals of Hong Kong … and write and document the information and happenings in Hong Kong.”
The net information platform additionally stated it could cease taking cash from subscribers and donors, and cease accepting new subscriptions to forestall the danger of cash going to waste. Below the nationwide safety regulation, belongings might be frozen if authorities consider the cash is linked to a associated crime.
Earlier this month, authorities froze $2.3 million value of belongings linked to the Apple Each day newspaper. Final week, Apple Each day printed its ultimate version and ceased operations, citing worker security and an incapability to pay wages.