Apple Daily headquarters frozen under national security law

Police have frozen Apple Daily’s headquarters in Tseung Kwan O under the national security law as the probe into the pro-democracy media continues.

Secretary for Security Chris Tang Ping-keung said the now-defunct newspaper’s printing premise is connected to national security offenses.

He said the company should be aware of why it is prosecuted and why its assets got frozen.

Earlier, three companies related to Apple Daily have been prosecuted for collusion with a foreign country and authorities have frozen HK$18 million of their assets.

Next Digital founder Jimmy Lai Chee-ying has been charged with collusion with foreign forces. He is also charged with conspiracy to collude with foreign forces and conspiracy to obstruct the course of justice when assisting fugitive Andy Li Yu-hin in an attempt to flee to Taiwan.

Other senior executives including the editor-in-chief of Apple Daily and editorial writers were also prosecuted.

The Science Park filed a writ to High Court yesterday, demanding the court to rule that Apple Daily Printing violated its lease. It should vacate the premise and return it to the park.

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