Jimmy Lai, a Hong Kong media tycoon and pro-democracy activist, was arrested Monday morning on allegations of violating the city’s new national security law imposed by Beijing. His arrest marks the most overt action taken by Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing Lam government under the central government’s law.
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At 71 years old, Lai is one of a few remaining Hong Kong elite openly vocal about supporting the city’s pro-democracy movement. Lai founded Next Digital, the media that publishes the widely read Apple Daily, known for its critical coverage of the Chinese Communist regime and the Hong Kong government during the past year of protests.
Jimmy Lai, who is a UK citizen, is handcuffed and and escorted to a van. Arrested for alleged foreign collusion, he is so far the highest-profile arrested after national security law was inserted by Beijing. Police says he is also arrested for committing fraud. #HongKongProtests pic.twitter.com/Vi4okmLhUv— Ezra Cheung (@ezracheungtoto) August 10, 2020
#HongKongpolice escorted pro-democracy media tycoon #JimmyLai through the newsroom of his #AppleDaily newspaper, as around 200 officers searched the office of the tabloid publication and removed boxes of evidence pic.twitter.com/Bu1rGqzvzx— Jeremy Song (@tezuma75) August 10, 2020
Hong Kong police escorted pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai through the newsroom of his Apple Daily newspaper, as around 200 officers searched the office of the tabloid publication and removed boxes of evidence https://t.co/SulI7RKV7w pic.twitter.com/T78iPoGiVG— Reuters (@Reuters) August 10, 2020
Can you imagine the newsrooms of @nytimes or @guardian encounter something like this? After HK police arrested @JimmyLaiApple, hundreds of police were sent to Apple Daily office without the search warrant. pic.twitter.com/mia12rSYyP— Joshua Wong 黃之鋒 😷 (@joshuawongcf) August 10, 2020
“Longtime Hong Kong publisher arrested for daring to speak out against Chinese Communist Party—actually, for daring just to report the news. This is the “free speech” China wants to force on the world,” Missouri Senator Josh Hawley said on Twitter in reaction to the blatant attack on free speech.
Longtime #HongKong publisher arrested for daring to speak out against #ChineseCommunistParty - actually, for daring just to report the news. This is the “free speech” #China wants to force on the world https://t.co/Xw2NlvREy1— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) August 9, 2020
Hundreds of police officers raid the headquarters of Apple Daily, which Jimmy Lai founded. Police restate Lai is arrested for colluding with foreign powers, endangering national security and conspiring to defraud. All Apple Dailly staff are booked. Not clear what the purpose is. pic.twitter.com/5j92j7OvOE— Ezra Cheung (@ezracheungtoto) August 10, 2020
Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai was arrested over allegations of collusion with foreign forces as scores of police searched the offices of his Apple Daily newspaper https://t.co/fvcWbK7C0Y pic.twitter.com/9mKWkjrQs5— Reuters (@Reuters) August 10, 2020
Here’s the moment Hong Kong police arrested media tycoon Jimmy Lai under China’s #NationalSecurityLaw.— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) August 10, 2020
Others taken in included Lai’s 2 sons and other top members of his company Next Digital, local media reports. More @business: https://t.co/HTdlQekJO7 #黎智英 #香港 pic.twitter.com/jHvQU9E1ht
The Hong Kong police arrested Jimmy Lai, a media mogul and prominent critic of Beijing, on charges of violating the new national security law, making him the most high-profile target of the sweeping legislation https://t.co/6egZyX5cbH— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 10, 2020
“We are not a dog.” 71-year-old billionaire media tycoon Jimmy Lai fled communist China when he was 12. He said Hong Kong protesters are demanding real democracy and fighting to hold on to basic human rights pic.twitter.com/Dkxak02Uiu— 野山🎗 (@naochashu) August 10, 2020