Authoritarian leaders are waging a war against the free press.
The former media mogul and other prominent pro-democracy activists were previously convicted of inciting others to take part in an unauthorized assembly.
Next Digital, which has published criticism of China for decades, said a crackdown had left it with no way to operate. Its main newspaper, Apple Daily, closed in June.
Apple Daily, a pro-democracy news outlet, is the biggest casualty yet in Beijing’s campaign against Hong Kong’s once freewheeling news media. Its million-copy final edition sold fast.
The forced closure of the pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper is the latest worrisome sign for journalists in the Chinese territory.
The editor in chief of Apple Daily was among five detained under the city’s national security law. The newspaper’s founder, Jimmy Lai, already faces charges under the sweeping law.
Many of the city’s democracy activists face jail terms amid a broad campaign to subdue opposition.
The police distributed a magazine denouncing “rumors and lies,” and have warned news outlets against undermining national security.
The punishments over an unauthorized peaceful protest point to what critics say is the shrinking space for dissent in Hong Kong.
The defendants, including the media tycoon Jimmy Lai and the barristers Martin Lee and Margaret Ng, are some of the city’s most prominent activists.
A Chinese official has called for severe punishment of opposition figures facing charges under a new national security law.
A dissident is to a dictatorship what a bald fact is to an edifice of lies, the revelation of which causes the whole thing to crumble.
The officials and activists were detained under the national security law for their efforts to choose candidates to run in the city’s legislative elections.
Mr. Lai, the most prominent figure charged under Hong Kong’s sweeping national security law, had been released on bail just days before Thursday’s hearing.
Mr. Lai’s case was followed hours later by a disclosure that the authorities in China had detained a Chinese citizen working for Bloomberg News.
The prominent pro-democracy activist and founder of the Apple Daily newspaper is accused of colluding with foreign forces.
Mr. Lai, who founded the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily, was ordered jailed until April.
It’s less about foreign policy than the culture wars.
Hong Kong’s most combative media tycoon, the highest-profile figure arrested under the city’s new security law, discusses his quest for freedom.
Under a new national security law, the police are targeting the social media accounts of executives, politicians and activists. American internet giants are struggling to respond.
Apple Daily, a pro-democracy paper known for celebrity gossip and hard-hitting investigations, has become a target in Beijing’s new national security law in Hong Kong.
We will respond to repression by demonstrating our solidarity creatively.
The arrest of the media tycoon marks the most aggressive action yet under new anti-sedition legislation.
The pro-democracy figure is the most high-profile figure detained under the sweeping law imposed by Beijing on the semiautonomous territory.