The Hong Kong Journalists Association today urged the SAR government to explain how exactly does news publications, which ought to be protected by the city’s Basic Law, endangered national security.
Lam Man-chung, former executive editor-in-chief and Chan Pui-man, former associate publisher of the now-defunct Apple Daily, is the latest Apple Daily executives to have been arrested today under the national security law.
The association said they were shocked and confused over the arrests, accusing the authorities of repeatedly targeting journalists from a media organization that had already ceased operations.
They urged the government to not spread “white terror” in the press industry.
The media watchdog also stated that freedom of the press is an important cornerstone in an international city like Hong Kong, calling on the government not to use “national security” as a pretext to justify the arrests of journalists.