Stand News: An Independent Outlet Will Close After Senior Staff Were Arrested..!

Stand News Updates: one of Hong Kong’s last pro-democracy news organisations, is closing down after police stormed it and arrested senior workers. Hong Kong police detained seven people, including current and former employees, for “conspiracy to publish seditious publications. Stand News is immediately halting operations due to the situation,” the organisation declared in a Facebook post. The office of the newspaper was raided by around 200 police officers.

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In a statement, Hong Kong police said they had been given permission to “examine and seize relevant journalistic materials.” Stand News said on Facebook that it will no longer be updating its website and that its social media content would be removed “within a day.” “A number of senior and ex senior workers of the corporation were arrested this morning, [and] numerous people were taken away to assist in the inquiry,” the statement continues. It goes on to say that laptops and documents were seized from its office, and that it will cooperate with the police investigation. Three men and four women were arrested, with ages ranging from 34 to 73.

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They include Chung Pui-kuen and Patrick Lam, the former and acting chief editors of Stand News, as well as Denise Ho, a former board member who is now a democracy icon. Margaret Ng, Christine Fang, and Chow Tat-chi, all members of the board of directors, were also detained. The seventh detainee’s identity has yet to be revealed. During a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Chief Secretary for Administration John Lee expressed his support for the police action against the journalistic organisation.

Anyone who tries to utilise media labour to further their political or other objectives in violation of the law, particularly offences that risk national security, they are the wicked forces who harm press freedom. With its demise, Stand News became one of the city’s few overtly pro-democracy periodicals. It was one of a few relatively young internet news outlets that rose to popularity during the pro-democracy rallies in 2019. The arrests come a day after media mogul Jimmy Lai, the founder of Apple Daily, was charged with the same offence while serving a prison sentence for a slew of other offences.

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