Hong Kong national security police arrested six journalists with ties to online news media company Stand News and Apple Daily.
Hong Kong deployed over 200 police officers who searched the offices of Stand News and took away about 30 boxes of materials of evidence, including computers and documents.
Police have arrested Patrick Lam, Stand News’ acting editor-in-chief, and predecessor Chung Pui-kuen.
Former Stand News board members, lawyer Margaret Ng and singer Denise Ho have also been arrested by police.
According to Nikkei news, Ho confirmed on Facebook that she had been taken in on suspicion of “conspiracy to distribute seditious publications.”
The arrests came after prosecutors in Hong Kong added a new charge of printing and disseminating inflammatory publications on Tuesday to jailed media mogul Jimmy Lai and six of his former Apply Daily editors and executives.
Following Apple Daily’s closure, Stand News removed previously published commentary and opinion articles from its website, citing security concerns, and ended its subscription service.
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