HONG KONG (AP) – Hong Kong National Security Police arrested a former editor of the defunct pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily on Wednesday, weeks after the newspaper was forced to shut down after authorities froze its assets .
Lam Man-chung, who was the executive editor of Apple Daily, was arrested on suspicion of conspiring with foreign forces to endanger national security, according to the South China Morning Post newspaper, which quotes an anonymous source. He is the eighth person in the newspaper to be arrested in recent weeks.
Police said a 51-year-old former editor was arrested Wednesday in connection with a similar case in June, but did not identify him.
In June, police raided the newspaper’s offices, taking hard drives and laptops as evidence. Arrests of senior executives, editors and journalists at the newspaper, along with the freezing of $ 2.3 million in assets, led Apply Daily to cease operations last month. He sold a million copies of his final edition.
After months of anti-government protests in 2019, Beijing last year imposed a sweeping national security law in the semi-autonomous city that critics say restricts the freedoms promised to the former British colony that cannot be found in mainland China. More than 100 pro-democracy supporters have been arrested and many more have fled abroad.