HKBU right to put on security course: Kevin Yeung

Education minister Kevin Yeung on Monday backed Baptist University's decision to make students attend courses on national security, saying the move is in accordance with the security law. The university announced earlier in the day that undergraduate students who enrol from this September will have to complete a national security...

Baptist University denies severing ties with students

Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) on Monday said it will no longer collect membership fees on behalf of its students' union, but denied that the move is aimed at severing ties with the body. This follows similar decisions taken by a number of other local universities recently, moves critics say...

Ronny Tong defends arrests under old sedition law

Executive councillor Ronny Tong has defended the police's use of a colonial-era law to make arrests over allegedly seditious children books, saying the provisions of the Crimes Ordinance were "the national security law" before the handover. He was commenting on a radio show on Friday, a day after national security...

Security judge denies bail to Apple Daily execs

West Kowloon Magistracy on Thursday denied bail for four former Apple Daily senior executives charged with violating the national security law. Associate publisher Chan Pui-man, editorial writer and English news section head Fung Wai-kong, executive chief editor Lam Man-chung and editorial writer Yeung Ching-kei are accused of conspiracy to collude...

Apple Daily execs have bail revoked

National security police are believed to have revoked the bail granted to two former Apple Daily executives arrested last month, hours after arresting another former employee of the paper. Associate publisher Chan Pui-man and editorial writer Fung Wai-kong were being detained at police stations in Sau Mau Ping and Wan...

Prosecutors want security judge to hear sedition case

Prosecutors on Tuesday asked the District Court to assign a designated judge under the national security law to hear a case against internet radio host Edmund Wan, who has been charged with seditious intent. Wan, better known as DJ Giggs, is accused of acting with seditious intention during online programmes...

Beijing and HK officials stridently hit back at US

Beijing and Hong Kong officials on Saturday hit back at the US government in a series of strident statements for imposing sanctions on Chinese officials over Beijing's national security crackdown on Hong Kong, while adding that US warnings about the city's trading environment were simply unfounded. In a statement, Beijing's...

HK leaders must be ready to fight: Xia Baolong

Those involved in governing Hong Kong must have the courage to fight anyone who tries to harm national sovereignty and safety and can't shy away from confrontations, a senior Beijing official in charge of Hong Kong affairs said on Friday. Xia Baolong, the head of the State Council’s Hong Kong...

Time to ramp up implementation of security law: CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Friday said the SAR government will "deepen" its implementation of the national security law, in order to meet Beijing's expectations. Among other things, the central government wants Hong Kong to bring the 60 or so people charged under the legislation to justice, she said. The...

Kindergartens sent books on national security lessons

The government is distributing a book about the national security law to kindergartens in Hong Kong, saying this can help teachers educate children about the legislation. In a circular, education officials said each kindergarten will receive from this month seven copies of a reference book compiled by mainland legal scholars,...

Films that get by censors may still be illegal: govt

Films that make it through Hong Kong's censorship checks may still breach the national security law, a government official warned on Monday. Commerce Secretary Edward Yau said that's because at the end of the day, it's up to law enforcement agencies to decide if action has to be taken. A...

‘Defending terrorism is a national security offence’

The Secretary for Justice, Teresa Cheng, has warned that “defending” or “glorifying” acts of terrorism amount to advocating them which is a national security offence, and reasons like freedom of speech or a free press are simply not legitimate grounds for defence. Security chief Chris Tang had earlier classified the...

Books, films and media pushing separatism: Chris Tang

New security secretary Chris Tang says separatist ideas are still being spread in Hong Kong through channels like the media, documentaries, books and street booths. At a forum on the national security law on Monday, the former police chief said the legislation has successfully curbed violence and dangerous activities over...

‘All judiciary staff must protect national security’

All judiciary staff, administrative officers and those in law enforcement have a responsibility to safeguard national security, a mainland official in Hong Kong said on Monday. Addressing a legal forum on the security law, the director of the Office for Safeguarding National Security, Zheng Yanxiong, said no one has any...

National security police to investigate knife attack

Police said on Sunday that its national security department has taken over the case of a knife attack on a policeman in Causeway Bay on Thursday, and warned people against mourning the attacker who had committed suicide. The officer, who is now in a stable condition, had been on duty...

‘Police to deploy over 10,000 officers on July 1’

Sources have told RTHK that the police are planning to deploy more than 10,000 officers across the city on Thursday, to prevent the public from gathering on the streets on the 24th anniversary of the handover. There will be a strong police presence in the vicinity of Victoria Park –...

Security law created human rights emergency: Amnesty

Hong Kong's national security law has decimated freedoms and created a "human rights emergency", Amnesty International said on Wednesday, a year after Beijing imposed the legislation on the city. The sweeping national security law – which criminalises anything authorities deem subversion, secession, collusion with foreign forces and terrorism with up...

Apple Daily columnist arrested at airport: reports

Police arrested a former senior journalist with the Apple Daily newspaper at the airport on Sunday night on a suspected national security charge as he tried to leave Hong Kong, according to media reports. Fung Wai-kong would be the seventh staffer at the pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper to be arrested...

Beijing’s priority is national security: academics

Academics say Friday’s top-government reshuffle and promotion of disciplinary services officers into key positions indicate that maintaining national security will be Beijing's main priority going forward. Ivan Choy, a senior lecturer at the Chinese University's Department of Government and Public Administration, said he thinks it will become a trend for...