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World Hong Kong Media Tycoon Jimmy Lai Arrested, Apple Daily Reports

04:15  10 august  2020
04:15  10 august  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

Hong Kong: Police order the arrest of 6 pro-democracy activists in exile

 Hong Kong: Police order the arrest of 6 pro-democracy activists in exile © REUTERS / Tyrone A couple walk past a row of police in Hong Kong, on the anniversary of the return of the territory to the China, July 1, 2020. After the one-year postponement of legislative elections in Hong Kong officially because of the Covid-19, and to the chagrin of the pro-democracy opposition, the Hong Kong police ordered Friday July 31 the arrest of 6 pro-democracy activists in exile, notably in the United States and the United Kingdom.

" Jimmy Lai is being arrested for collusion with foreign powers at this time," said Mr Simon, an executive at Mr Lai 's media firm Next Digital, which publishes the Apple Daily newspaper. Hong Kong 's authorities have so far made no public comments on the issue.

One of Hong Kong 's most high-profile entrepreneurs, pro-democracy tycoon Jimmy Lai , has been charged with illegal assembly and intimidation. The intimidation charge relates to a clash with a journalist in 2017. The newspaper Mr Lai founded, Apple Daily , is frequently critical of Hong Kong

(Bloomberg) -- Hong Kong police arrested media tycoon and prominent democracy activist Jimmy Lai under a national security law passed in late June for allegedly colluding with foreign forces, local media reported.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Jimmy Lai © Bloomberg Jimmy Lai

The arrest was reported by Apple Daily, the flagship newspaper under Lai’s media network Next Digital Ltd., as well as TVB. Seven people were arrested in total, including Lai’s two sons and other top members of Next Digital, Oriental Daily reported, citing unidentified people.

HK media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested under national security law, top aide says

  HK media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested under national security law, top aide says HK media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested under national security law, top aide saysLai has been one of the most prominent democracy activists in the Chinese-ruled city and an ardent critic of Beijing, which imposed the sweeping new law on Hong Kong on June 30, drawing condemnation from Western countries.

Apple Daily ’s Jimmy Lai , a financial patron of Hong Kong ’s pro-democracy movement, has been arrested Photograph: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters. Hong Kong police arrested three veteran pro-democracy figures for taking part in an unauthorised anti-government march last year amid the city’s

The media tycoon Jimmy Lai is the rare prominent businessman in Hong Kong who openly HONG KONG — He has been mocked for years in China’s state-controlled news media for being fat His relatives, according to a report in Ta Kung Pao, a Communist Party-controlled newspaper in Hong

“The lawyers are on the way to the police station now,” Next Digital Group Director Mark Simon said in an email, following an earlier tweet that Lai had been arrested. Calls and emails placed to the Hong Kong Police went unanswered.

China has called the security legislation, which bars subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces, a “sword of Damocles” hanging over the heads of its most outspoken critics. It has prompted fears among activists and foreign governments that it will be used to silence basic freedoms in the city.

Lai’s media group and Apple Daily backed the protests for meaningful elections that rocked the city last year, but it’s been years since he was seen as playing a central role in Hong Kong’s democracy movement. Lai had earlier been arrested in February on suspicion of participating in an unlawful assembly in 2019 and intimidating a reporter two years before that, and was granted police bail.

"Night fell on Hong Kong" more than a month ago with the security law

 © Provided by Le Point Numerous arrests, legislative candidatures invalidated ... more than a month after his entry in force, the consequences in Hong Kong of the draconian law on national security are numerous and for the young Tony Chung, arrested, it is as if "night had fallen" on this territory.

Media tycoon Jimmy Lai runs the Apple Daily newspaper, which is frequently critical of the Hong Kong and Chinese leadership. Mr Lai , who was estimated by Forbes in 2009 to be worth 0m (£512m), was also arrested in February this year on charges of illegal assembly and intimidation.

Hong Kong police arrested publishing tycoon Jimmy Lai , an outspoken critic of Beijing, and two other pro-democracy activists on Friday on charges of illegal assembly, drawing condemnation from international rights groups. Lai , a self-made millionaire who has made financial contributions to Hong

The U.S. has led foreign governments in expressing concern over the law, saying Hong Kong could no longer be considered sufficiently autonomous from the mainland. It has revoked some special trading privileges, which help underpin the city’s reputation as an international business hub, and sanctioned Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam as well as other officials last week.

Lam has defended the national security law and called it the “most important” development in relations between Hong Kong and Beijing since the city’s handover to Chinese rule in 1997.

Arrest Condemned

Hong Kong made its first arrests under the law -- of a handful of protesters -- the day after it was handed down.

Authorities also used the security law to arrest four young people for comments made online about Hong Kong independence while issuing arrest warrants for six overseas activists. They included Nathan Law, who fled Hong Kong as the law was being enacted, and Samuel Chu, who runs a Hong Kong advocacy group in the U.S.

Hong Kong. Democracy activist Agnes Chow arrested

 Hong Kong. Democracy activist Agnes Chow arrested © ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP Activists Agnes Chow and Joshua Wong (right) at a press conference on August 5. She was arrested on Monday August 10 for "inciting secession", along with newspaper mogul Jimmy Lai in the name of China's imposed national security law.

The home of media tycoon and Hong Kong democracy advocate Jimmy Lai was attacked by firebombs and no one was hurt in the incident, Hong Lai , whose publications such as the Apple Daily newspapers have championed Hong Kong ’s three-month-old democracy movement, has been

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been arrested on suspicion of participating in an unlawful assembly last year and intimidating a reporter in 2017. The arrest was confirmed by Mark Simon, the group director for Lai ’s company, Next Digital Ltd., which publishes the Apple Daily newspaper.

Joshua Wong, one of the city’s most prominent activists, said on Twitter that he strongly condemns Lai’s arrest.

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