The Hong Kong Police labeled the newsroom of Apple Daily, one of Hong Kong’s most popular newspapers, a “crime scene”. Around 500 police officers raided Apple Daily this Thursday and arrested five of their executives, claiming that they broke the new Hong Kong’s National Security Law. According to CNN, “they are accused of inciting foreign government to impose sanctions on Hong Kong through articles that they had published in the past”.
John Lee, Hong Kong Security Secretary, states that this is a conspiracy. He claims that Hong Kong is discussing a conspiracy where the Apple Daily executives try to make use of their work to come up with a way to secretly take advantage over others with a foreign country to put upon sanctions against Hong Kong and PRC.
Additionally, Apple Daily has pushed out to the public a few images of police members searching through the computers of the journalist in their newsroom. CNN reports that this is not the first time that police members raided Apple Daily; in fact, they reacted in a similar way just a year ago. Adding on, CNN states that “the newspaper’s founder, Jimmy Lai, an outspoken critic of the Chinese Central Government and ruling communists party” is actually in prison. He was accused of participating and organizing unauthorized groups in Hong Kong. After being accused of violating the Hong Kong National Security Law, Lai is also expected to attend court next week. He states, “Unfortunately, if I was in Hong Kong, I’d probably not be out in public and able to do a television show,”
Elaine Yu, a Hong Kong based reporter tells Brain Stelter from CNN that “This has sent shudders through the industry… It raises important new questions about how media outlets can report on topics that are now considered highly sensitive”. She continues, “Many media groups here are also saying it’ll get harder for reporters to get people to talk to them because the police can now potentially seize reporters files and devices through a court warrant… Government critics and other people could become scared of talking to the media… This has wide, wide reaching consequences”.