Four ex-Apple Daily staff charged under security law

Police late on Wednesday officially charged four people, all connected to the defunct Apple Daily newspaper, with conspiracy to collude with foreign forces under the national security law.

The four, aged 51 to 57, will all appear before West Kowloon Court for mention on Thursday morning.

It’s understood the four include the former executive chief editor of the defunct pro-democracy newspaper, Lam Man-chung, who was arrested on Wednesday.

The other three are understood to be Yeung Ching-Kei, who wrote for Apple Daily under the pen name, Li Ping, publisher Chan Pui-man and editorial writer Fung Wai-kong. The latter three were all arrested in June, and had their police bail revoked on Wednesday.

The four were questioned at separate police stations. The arrests are over articles calling for sanctions against Hong Kong and state officials.

The newspaper closed last month citing a lack of funds after an asset freeze.

Two senior Apple Daily executives were earlier charged with conspiracy to collude with foreign forces, as was founder Jimmy Lai.