Dissident Website in Hong Kong Shutters after Raid by Pro-China Authorities

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Stand News acting chief editor Patrick Lam is accompanied by authorities after they browsed his workplace in Hong Kong, China, December 29,2021 ( Tyrone Siu/Reuters)

A dissident pro-democracy site in Hong Kong closed Wednesday after cops stormed its head office and detained 6 existing and previous editors and board members in another free-speech suppression project in the semi-autonomous Chinese city.

Stand News stated in a declaration that it will be dismantling its site and social networks in addition to ceasing operations.

After Apple Daily, which folded in June following pro-China authorities’ choice to freeze its properties and detain its leading editors, the independent Stand News outlet is the next victim of Hong Kong communist authorities that wish to remove dissent. Because earlier bust, Hong Kong cops raided journalistic products and computer system disk drives as part of a criminal probe.

The 6 individuals connected with Stand News who were apprehended consist of popular vocalist and activist Denise Ho, a previous board member. At a rundown Wednesday afternoon, Steve Li Kwai-wah, senior superintendent of the Hong Kong authorities’s National Security Department, implicated those apprehended of managing a seditious plot, mentioning politically intriguing short articles released in between July 2020 and November 2021.

Over 200 representatives robbed the workplace, authorities stated, with the objective to take specific files under the National Security Law troubled the city by Beijing in2020 The law offers the authorities sweeping powers to suspend press liberties.

Those apprehended apparently consist of previous Stand News primary editor Chung Pui-kuen, acting chief editor Patrick Lam, and 4 previous board members, consisting of Ho and previous legislator Margaret Ng, according to the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA).

Ronson Chan, chair of the HJKA, was “removed by the cops,” the company composed in a declaration, most likely for interrogation. Chan informed media later on that officers had actually taken his electronic gadgets, bank cards, and press card.

” The Hong Kong Journalists Association is deeply worried that the authorities have actually consistently apprehended senior members of the media and browsed the workplaces of wire service including big amounts of journalistic products within a year,” the HKJA stated Wednesday. It interested Hong Kong’s constitution, particularly Article 27 of the Hong Kong Basic Law, which technically secures flexibility of speech, of journalism, and of publication.

Authorities kept that they were not punishing journalism however rather hazards to the state.

” We are not targeting press reporters, we are not targeting the media, we simply targeted national-security offenses,” stated Li Kwai-wah, senior superintendent of the cops National Security Department. “If you just report, I do not believe this is an issue.”

” Don’t be prejudiced. You understand well how to report, how to be an accountable press reporter, how to make a non-biased report to your readers. That’s all I can offer you,” he stated, using his suggestion to reporters on how to prevent examination and prosecution.

The Wednesday advancement follows Stand News had actually currently scrubbed its site of a lot of viewpoint pieces and columns to abide by the National Security Law.

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