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Bosses of pro-democracy newspaper arrested in HK

dpa
Hong Kong
Five executives of the pro-democracy Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily have been arrested for allegedly violating the controversial security law imposed by Beijing.
Among them are publishing director Cheung Kim-hung and editor-in-chief Ryan Law Wai-kwong. About 200 police officers searched the company’s headquarters on Thursday to seize evidence, according to police.
It is the second time that the anti-government newspaper has been targeted by the authorities with such a large-scale operation. The offices had already been searched last August. Newspaper founder Jimmy Lai was arrested at the time. The 73-year-old is currently serving a 20-month prison sentence on charges of inciting unauthorized protests.
He is also being investigated for alleged violations of the security law that Beijing introduced a year ago in response to ongoing mass demonstrations for more democracy in the Chinese Special Administrative Region, as Hong Kong is designated.
Hong Kong police said on Thursday they had strong evidence that more than 30 articles published in the Apple Daily were aimed at persuading other countries to impose sanctions on China and Hong Kong.

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