National Security Law: Hong Kong Paralegal Faces Collusion Charge as Media Mogul Jimmy Lai Arrested Again in Jail
Li was among a group of 12 activists — facing criminal charges in Hong Kong linked to the anti-extradition bill protests — who were arrested by the Chinese coastguard on August 23 last year while fleeing to Taiwan by speedboat. They were later charged by mainland authorities with illegally entering their waters.
For a brief moment in time Clubhouse cracked the Great Firewall, and over the weekend several media outlets have noticed the existence of chatrooms named “Does Xinjiang have concentration camps?” and “Friends from Tibet and Xinjiang, we want to invite you over for a chat”
“They are charging peaceful and non-confrontational lawmakers under the national security law, so the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is only going to step up its oppression of Hong Kong,”
“The U.S. is sanctioning the senior leadership of China’s National People’s Congress in connection with developing, adopting, and implementing the National Security Law,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a tweet on Monday.
“Membership in or affiliation with the Communist Party or any other totalitarian party is inconsistent and incompatible with the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America, which includes pledging to ‘support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States.’”
‘Even with Handcuffs, I Feel at Peace’: Pro-democracy Media Mogul Jimmy Lai Says Apple Daily Won’t Change, but No More Protest Activism
Lai is among 13 democrats and public figures accused of incitement in connection with a banned vigil commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre on June 4th. He also faces multiple charges over last year’s pro-democracy protests which were triggered by a now-withdrawn extradition bill.
The article refers to the recently enacted National Security Law, the implementation of which has raised serious concerns amongst Hong Kong citizens, international human rights advocates, and legal experts over how it criminalizes a wide range of speech and acts of protest, weakens judicial independence, and asserts extra-territorial jurisdiction.
Exclusive: Media Law Expert Doreen Weisenhaus on Why Hong Kong May no Longer be Asia’s Oasis of Free Speech
<!–[CDATA[ RHODA KWAN | HONG KONG FREE PRESS Doreen Weisenhaus is working on a new edition of the Hong Kong Media Law textbook – a title that is likely on every local newsroom’s bookshelf. But Weisenhaus has told HKFP that she has had to make some serious edits following the new security law: “When I wrote my […]
<!–[CDATA[ VOA News For Jimmy Lai, a prominent pro-democracy figure and the founder of Hong Kong’s best-selling newspaper Apple Daily, the prospect of going to jail had never felt so real. “Things are getting so bad, anything like this can happen any day,” he said. Facing seven charges, including organizing and participating in […]