Jimmy Lai, founder of Hong Kong pro-democracy newspaper has been arrested under China’s new security law
‘Jimmy Lai newsroom was raided, the act is described as a direct assault on Hong Kong’s press freedom and
signal a dark new phase,’ the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong said
Hong Kong media tycoon and activist Jimmy Lai was arrested on August 10, 2020,
at his residence in Ho Man Tin. His top aide Mark Simon wrote on Twitter that Lai had been arrested for
“collusion with foreign powers”
under the new national security law recently imposed on the city by authorities on the Chinese mainland.
Lai owns popular tabloid Apple Daily which is published in Hong Kong and Taiwan and is known for its
pro-democracy stance. Lai, who is Apple Daily’s founder known for his opposition activism,
was the highest-profile person so far to be arrested under the legislation.