Former Apple Daily journalist Fung Wai-kong arrested by Hong Kong police

28th June,2021

Former Apple Daily journalist Fung Wai-kong arrested by Hong Kong police



According to local media, police in Hong Kong arrested a former senior journalist with the now-closed Apple Daily at the airport on Sunday night on suspicion of a national security offence. A 57-year-old man was arrested at the airport for "conspiring to conspire with other countries or foreign forces to damage national security," according to police, who normally do not name those arrested.
Fung Wai-kong, an editor and columnist at the now-closed pro-democracy tabloid, was named as the detainee by the South China Morning Post and Citizen News. They say he was on his way to the United Kingdom when he was arrested.
Fung is the seventh member of the Apple Daily newspaper's pro-democracy staff to be arrested on national security grounds in recent weeks. The arrests came as Hong Kong authorities press down on dissent, arresting most of the city's top pro-democracy figures and overhauling the city's election regulations to keep out the opposition's voices.
Authorities froze $2.3 million in assets tied to the Apple Daily newspaper earlier this month, forcing it to shut down. Last Monday, the Apple Daily published its final edition, citing staff safety and an inability to pay wages as reasons.