Apple Daily editorial writer arrested at airport

A former senior journalist with the Apple Daily newspaper was arrested at the airport on Sunday night on a suspected national security charge as he tried to leave Hong Kong, Reuters reports.

Fung Wai-kong would be the seventh staffer at the pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper to be arrested on national security grounds in recent weeks. He was an editor and columnist at the now-closed paper, media reported.

Police said in a statement that a 57-year-old man had been arrested at the airport for “conspiring to collude with foreign countries or foreign forces to endanger national security.” They added that he had been detained and investigations were continuing.

Apple Daily was forced to fold following a raid by several hundred police on its headquarters on June 17 and the freezing of key assets and bank accounts. It printed its last edition last Thursday.

Authorities say dozens of the paper’s articles may have violated the national security law, the first instance of authorities taking aim at media reports under the legislation.

Critics of the law, introduced last June, say it has been used to stifle dissent and erode fundamental freedoms.

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