2 Hong Kong pro-democracy journalists charged with sedition

Two previous leading editors of Hong Kong professional-democracy on the web media outlet Stand News were charged with sedition on Thursday adhering to a raid on its business office the day prior to, in accordance to the law enforcement.

The now-defunct outlet’s previous chief editor Chung Pui-kuen appeared in courtroom following staying charged under the colonial-era Crimes Ordinance with conspiracy to publish seditious publications.

Cantopop star and outstanding Hong Kong pro-activist Denise Ho leaves a police station in Hong Kong on Dec. 30, 2021 right after currently being released on bail. (For editorial use only)(Kyodo)

Patrick Lam, who was acting editor-in-chief prior to their arrests Wednesday, faced the identical charge but was absent from courtroom as he was in the medical center.

The city’s countrywide stability law enforcement stated they would prolong the exact cost towards the mother or father company, though no representative was present in the course of Thursday’s hearing.

Singer and activist Denise Ho, who was among the 5 others connected with Stand News who ended up arrested for the same offense, has been introduced on bail alongside with at minimum two many others, according to neighborhood media reports.

Adhering to the arrests, Stand News announced that it experienced ceased operations and dismissed all of its staff members.


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U.S. Secretary of Condition Antony Blinken condemned the raid and arrests in a assertion, calling for the launch of those detained.

“A self-confident govt that is unafraid of the truth embraces a absolutely free press,” Blinken wrote. “Journalism is not sedition.”

At a press meeting, Hong Kong Main Executive Carrie Lam responded to the assertion, stressing that the Stand News raid experienced “nothing to do with so-named suppression of push flexibility.”

Lam further denied claims that the authorities is concentrating on opposition media and stressed that when journalism itself is not sedition, inciting other individuals by means of seditious acts and functions “less than the guise of information reporting” are not able to be condoned.

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