Security police ordered news outlet to remove entries on 2016 Hong Kong ‘national flag’ contest – reports

The “sensitive” content which an online news outlet was ordered to delete on national security grounds were pictures of a suggested new “national flag” for Hong Kong, according to local media. Passion Times founder Wong Yeung-tat on Wednesday said he and the outlet were approached by national security police over “sensitive content” but declined to … Read more

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai to stand trial in High Court over national security, sedition charges

Hong Kong pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai will stand trial over national security and sedition charges at the city’s High Court, where the maximum sentence is life in prison. The founder of the defunct tabloid Apple Daily appeared in front of Principal Magistrate Peter Law, Lai, along with six former staff members of the newspaper … Read more

Hong Kong Bar Association ‘deplores’ calls by US Congress members for sanctions on security law judges

The Hong Kong Bar Association has condemned a call by seven US Congress members for sanctions on designated national security judges and prosecutors over Beijing’s alleged attempts to crush opposition in the city. Hong Kong Bar Association Chainman Victor Dawes. Photo: Kelly Ho / HKFP. The Bar Association expressed “grave concerns” over a letter from … Read more

‘A political show’: Beijing hits back at western criticism of Hong Kong national security arrests

Beijing has hit back at western criticism of Hong Kong’s latest arrest of activists, including a 90-year-old Catholic cardinal, accusing them of “smearing” and putting on a “political show.” China’s Foreign Ministry in Hong Kong “expresses strong disapproval and opposition, emphasizing that ‘rights and freedoms’ are not a ‘shield’ for illegal activities in Hong Kong,” … Read more

National security police probing protester relief fund claim ‘misconduct’ by lawyers; ex-lawmaker arrested in jail

National security police in Hong Kong who have arrested five former trustees of a now-defunct relief fund for detained protesters say they uncovered “misconduct” by some solicitors and barristers during the course of their probe. Among those arrested was a 90-year-old Catholic Cardinal and a former legislator already serving a separate prison sentence. The police … Read more

Cardinal Zen, barrister Margaret Ng and others released following four Hong Kong national security arrests

Cardinal Joseph Zen, barrister Margaret Ng, singer-activist Denise Ho, and scholar Hui Po-keung have been released on bail following their arrests by national security police. They stood accused of conspiring to collude with foreign powers in relation to 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund, which aided protesters during the 2019 anti-extradition unrest, local media reported. Cardinal Joseph … Read more

Hong Kong security law Article 23 delayed by Covid-19 outbreak, says security chief

The legislation of Hong Kong’s own security law, Article 23, was delayed due to the city’s fifth wave of Covid-19, the city’s security chief said on Wednesday. The Secretary for Security, Chris Tang, also said the government was expected to be subject to “smearing” by “overseas media, foreign forces, and their local agents” when it … Read more

Hong Kong laws can limit false Covid info, says security chief, but research into ‘fake news’ legislation underway

The government expects research into the planned “fake news” law to be completed by the middle of the year, the legislature has heard. However, security chief Chris Tang has said that existing laws were already capable of regulating the spread of false information related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Lawmaker Michael Tien. File Photo: Kelly Ho … Read more

Hong Kong Tiananmen activist jailed for 3 months for refusing national security data demand

A former member of the group that organized Hong Kong’s annual Tiananmen vigils has been sentenced to three months in jail for refusing to comply with a national security data probe. Chan To-wai, a member of the disbanded Hong Kong Alliance in Support of the Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, appeared in front of Principal … Read more

Hong Kong Tiananmen vigil activist pleads guilty to refusing national security data request

A former member of the group that organized Hong Kong’s annual Tiananmen vigils has pleaded guilty to not complying with a national security police data probe. Chan To-wai, an ex-standing committee member of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, appeared in front of hand-picked national security judge Principal Magistrate … Read more