Hong Kong officials arrest high-profile media boss beneath new nationwide safety law

Instantly of the Hong Kong media tycoon, Jimmy Lai, is the latest in numerous arrests carried out underneath the controversial national security law introduced by Beijing on the end of June. Thai PBS World reviews that 71 year outdated Lai stands accused of colluding with overseas forces. He has been a longtime critic of the Beijing administration and a fervent pro-democracy activist. His arrest is being seen as further proof of attempts to stifle press freedom and curtail liberties assured to Hong Kong at the time of its handover from British rule in 1997.
Steven Butler, Asia Programme Coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists says Lai ought to be launched instantly, saying his arrest, “bears out the worst fears that Hong Kong’s National Security Law would be used to suppress crucial pro-democracy opinion and restrict press freedom. Jimmy Lai should be launched directly and any charges dropped.”
The controversial new legislation introduces strict punishment, including as a lot as life in jail, for anything China considers subversion or secession, terrorism or colluding with foreign forces. Its supporters say its introduction will bring more stability, after greater than a 12 months of political unrest in Hong Kong. However, opponents of the new legislation accuse Beijing of using it to crush dissent and the liberty of the press.
The arrest of Jimmy Lai is the most recent in a number of arrests across Hong Kong, with police confirming 7 folks have been apprehended for violation of the national security law. All are believed to be native men, aged between 39 and 72. Officials say extra arrests could comply with..

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