A story that portrayed the police as wolves helped lead to the arrests of five leaders of a speech therapists’ union.
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Apple Daily, a pro-democracy news outlet, is the biggest casualty yet in Beijing’s campaign against Hong Kong’s once freewheeling news media. Its million-copy final edition sold fast.
The editor in chief of Apple Daily was among five detained under the city’s national security law. The newspaper’s founder, Jimmy Lai, already faces charges under the sweeping law.
The police distributed a magazine denouncing “rumors and lies,” and have warned news outlets against undermining national security.
As China stifles dissent in the city, news outlets have found themselves in the authorities’ cross hairs.
The officials and activists were detained under the national security law for their efforts to choose candidates to run in the city’s legislative elections.
Mr. Lai, the most prominent figure charged under Hong Kong’s sweeping national security law, had been released on bail just days before Thursday’s hearing.