Authorities trying to intimidate people: HKJA chief

The chairman of the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA), Chris Yeung, has described the police's raid of Apple Daily on Thursday as "shocking" and "scary", accusing the authorities of trying to intimidate the newspaper's supporters by warning them not to "stand with the suspects". Five of the media group’s top...

Apple Daily articles called for sanctions: police

Police say their latest raid on Apple Daily and the arrest of five of the media group's executives are linked to newspaper articles allegedly calling for foreign sanctions, as they warned the public they could face prosecution for sharing the reports on social media. Senior superintendent Steve Li said the...

US calls for release of Apple Daily executives

The United States on Thursday strongly condemned the arrest of five executives of pro-democracy Hong Kong tabloid Apple Daily and its parent company and suggested the action was politically motivated. Police carried out the raid on Thursday morning in an operation involving some 500 officers. Officers said the investigation centred...

Apple Daily plans print-run of 500,000 after raid

Apple Daily says it is planning a print-run of up to 500,000 for Friday, the day after national security police arrested its editor-in-chief Ryan Law and four other senior executives. The pro-democracy newspaper's offices in Tseung Kwan O were also raided. The paper says it is devoting eight pages to...

Beijing hits out at overseas critics of Apple raid

The Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong on Thursday hit out at foreign politicians and western media who have been critical of the police raid on the offices of the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily, and the arrest of five of its executives, including...

UK and EU criticise Apple Daily arrests and raid

The UK and the EU have criticised the arrests of five Apple Daily executives - and the police raid on the pro-democracy newspaper's offices in Tseung Kwan O on Thursday morning. The paper's editor-in-chief, Ryan Law, was among the five. Britain said the raid showed that China was using the...

‘People increasingly supportive of security law’

Security Secretary John Lee said it is apparent that Hongkongers are becoming increasingly supportive of the national security law that Beijing imposed on the city almost a year ago, saying many people have now taken a proactive role in safeguarding national security. In an interview with the official Xinhua news...

Man who recovered from Covid tests positive in Macau

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said on Wednesday that it had been informed by its counterpart in Macau that a man who recovered from a Covid-19 infection in Hong Kong has now tested positive for the virus in the neighbouring SAR. The 18-year-old man was confirmed as a local...

‘Govt may lower cap on legal aid cases for lawyers’

Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung said on Wednesday that the government is reviewing whether legal aid applicants should be allowed to pick their own lawyers, and whether to lower an existing cap to prevent some of them from taking up too many legal aid cases. Cheung made the comment at a...

Magistrate retracts decision after sentencing blunder

A Kowloon City magistrate has retracted her decision to hand down a suspended jail sentence to a reporter for resisting a police officer, after she mistakenly thought the sentence for the offence could be suspended. Reporter Ho Ka-yan, who works for the online media outlet Ben Yu Entertainment, was arrested...

Lawmakers call for greater scrutiny of online gaming

Lawmakers on Wednesday urged the government to regulate the online game industry, saying that mechanics such as paid-for ‘loot boxes’ risk fostering a gambling addiction in youngsters. The Heung Yee Kuk’s Kenneth Lau said some game developers failed to disclose details such as the probability of acquiring prizes in these...

‘Attempts to curb China’s rise doomed to fail’

The Foreign Ministry's top representative in Hong Kong says Beijing will oppose external interference in the SAR more vigorously going forward, warning that any attempt to thwart China's development is doomed to fail. The comment came just days after G7 leaders took China to task over alleged rights abuses in...

‘Lawmaker’s remarks show need for discrimination law’

The chairman of the Equal Opportunities Commission, Ricky Chu, said on Wednesday that remarks made by some lawmakers about the Gay Games prove that the city needs to legislate against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. Pro-establishment lawmaker Junius Ho has said the government should not support the hosting...

Carrie Lam hails CCP for ‘great leadership skills’

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has hailed the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for showing “great leadership skills” in combating the Covid-19 pandemic, saying China is the first major economy in the world to rein in the spread of the virus. Speaking at a forum to mark the party’s 100th anniversary, Lam...

Police raid as Apple Daily editor, directors arrested

National security police arrested the editor and four other directors of Apple Daily on Thursday morning and raided the pro-democracy media group's offices in Tseung Kwan O for the second time in a year to execute a warrant. The force confirmed it had conducted a raid at a "media company...

CFS says Covid patient likely infected packaging

The government's Centre for Food Safety on Wednesday said a Covid patient, or someone else at her home, had likely infected a pre-frozen packet of Thai crocodile spare ribs, rather than the patient having caught the disease from the packaging itself. On Tuesday, health authorities said a sample of the...

‘Ban the use of toilets as accommodation for helpers’

A domestic workers advocacy group has called on the government to introduce guidelines on suitable accommodation for migrant domestic workers, including banning the use of kitchens, balconies, and even toilets as accommodation for helpers. On Wednesday, the Mission for Migrant Workers (MFMW) released a report on the living conditions of...

Don’t let gays sideline ‘natural people’: Junius Ho

Pro-establishment lawmaker Junius Ho said on Tuesday that he does not discriminate against sexual minorities, but they can't be encouraged in case "natural people" are sidelined. His comments follow an apparent rebuke from Chief Executive Carrie Lam, who blasted lawmakers for their "divisive" comments about next year's Gay Games, which...

Student denied bail again over sedition charge

West Kowloon Court has, for the second time in a week, refused to grant bail to a 17-year-old student, who is charged with conspiracy to publish and distribute seditious materials. Wong Chun-wai is accused of conspiracy to print, publish, distribute, display or reproduce seditious publications between May and December last...