‘Hanging by a thread’: Hong Kong newspaper warns over press freedom after police raid

Following the raid on their newsroom Apple Daily, Hong Kong’s biggest pro-democracy newspaper, told its readers it would ‘stand firm’

<p>Police stand guard near the offices of the local Apple Daily newspaper in Hong Kong on Thursday after police arrested five executives</p>

Police stand guard near the offices of the local Apple Daily newspaper in Hong Kong on Thursday after police arrested five executives

In a move that’s being seen as a warning shot to the island’s media organisations, hundreds of police from Hong Kong’s national security department raided Apple Daily’s newsroom on Thursday. Officers took dozens of computers, hard-drives, and other journalistic materials.

“They took away computers and checked messages on reporters’ computers and phones,” said Chris Yeung, the chairperson of Hong Kong Journalist Association (HKJA). “It raised concerns about the police’s access to journalistic materials. That should be protected and it’s vitally important to press freedom and the safety of sources.”

Police later claimed that dozens of reports published by the paper since 2019 have potentially violated the National Security Law (NSL), which came into effect last July. Notably, it marks the first time that articles published by media outlets have been cited as evidence of a crime under the new law.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in