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Six journalists arrested in Hong Kong

On Wednesday, more than 200 police officers searched the editorial office of “Stand News” and arrested six people. In a statement, police said they had been given permission to “search and seize relevant press materials”.

The Committee to Protect Journalists says the newspaper’s crackdown is an “open attack on Hong Kong’s already stifled press freedom”.

Among those arrested are the current editor-in-chief and former editor-in-chief of the newspaper BBC.

On Wednesday, more than 200 police officers searched the editorial office of “Stand News” and arrested six people. In a statement, police said they had been given permission to “search and seize relevant press materials”.

Photo: Daniel Swain/AFP

The attack occurred the day after former media mogul Jimmy Lai was charged with incitement. His Apple Daily was forced to close last summer after authorities froze the newspaper’s assets.

Hong Kong has previously enjoyed a relatively large press freedom since the handover of power from the United Kingdom in 1997. But last year’s controversial and critical security law has meant press freedom has been severely restricted in Hong Kong, and many observers have viewed the law as a nail in the coffin of freedom expression.

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