Hong Kong authorities arrested Fung Wai-kong, a former Apple Daily journalist at the international airport Sunday night.
The journalist was reportedly detained on national security grounds as he was trying to leave the city.
This is the seventh Apple Daily journalist arrested in recent weeks. Fung was an editor and columnist at the now-closed newspaper.
Local police said the man was arrested for “conspiring with a foreign country or foreign forces to destabilize national security.” Further investigation is ongoing.
According to Channel News Asia, Jack Hazelwood, a former Apple Daily reporter, wrote on Twitter that Fung was trying to board a flight to London, and therefore alerted British authorities.
The Apple Daily, 蘋果日報, was a popular newspaper in Hong Kong. Once devoted to scandalous and sensationalist news, in recent years, it had turned into a bastion for the democracy movement.
The pro-democracy movement has been stifled in the past year, since the introduction of Hong Kong’s controversial National Security Law, imposed by the Beijing government, bypassing the local government.
The newspaper’s offices were raided by police in 2020. Its accounts were frozen and six people, including publisher Ryan Law and CEO Cheung Kim-hung, were arrested in 2021.
The newspaper’s closure is the latest blow against media mogul Jimmy Lai, the paper’s owner and a staunch critic of Beijing, whose assets have been frozen and who is serving prison sentences for taking part in illegal assemblies.
The Hong Kong Association of Journalists condemned the police for targeting journalists again and asked them to explain the incident.
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