Five officials of the Hong Kong pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily, including its editor Ryan Law, were arrested Thursday, June 17 under the “National security law”, said the police and the media.
The five leaders were arrested during a raid on the premises ofApple Daily “For collusion with a foreign country or with external elements aimed at endangering national security”Hong Kong police said in a statement. Apple Daily said Mr. Law was among those arrested.
A police source confirmed to Agence France-Presse that the five people all held managerial positions within Next Digital, parent company ofApple Daily.
Images of the raid broadcast live on Facebook
The daily, which posted videos showing the police raid live on Facebook, said Mr. Law was among those arrested. In these images, police officers appear installing a security perimeter and entering the building.
These arrests are the latest police operation targeting the tabloid, which has given unwavering support to the pro-democracy movement. This is the second raid aimed at Apple Daily in less than a year.
Billionaire Jimmy Lai, owner of the newspaper, has been accused of collusion after the raid in August. He is currently in jail on multiple convictions for participating in some of the pro-democracy protests that rocked Hong Kong two years ago.