China installing former security chief as Hong Kong leader
China is installing a career security official as the new leader of Hong Kong in the culmination of a sweeping political transformation that has gutted any opposition in the Asian financial center and placed it ever more firmly under Beijing’s control.
Hong Kong tycoon, two others convicted over Tiananmen vigil
Hong Kong tycoon and prominent pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai and two others have been convicted for their roles in last year’s banned Tiananmen candlelight vigil, amid a crackdown on dissent in the city and Beijing’s tightening political control.
Hong Kong's new Catholic bishop hopes to foster healing
The new head of Hong Kong's Catholic diocese expressed hope Saturday that he could foster healing in a congregation and a city divided by the continuing fallout from massive anti-government protests in 2019. Bishop Stephen Chow spoke to the gathered after his ordination in the 19th-century Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. “As the bishop of the Catholic diocese in Hong Kong and as a local church, (I) would very much like to take up a meaningful role to foster healing and connections in our church and for our hometown, this beloved hometown,” he said.news.yahoo.com
China Crackdown Forces Hong Kong’s Media House To Shut Down
HONG KONG — Critical of the Chinese government for decades, Hong Kong-based media house Next Digital has started taking steps to shut down as Beijing’s crackdown had left it with no way to operate, a media report said on Sept. 5. In June, Hong Kong authorities had frozen the outlet’s bank account and it resulted in the closure of its newspaper Apple Daily. Apple Daily faced advertising boycotts despite being widely read, as the supporters of the Chinese government withdrew support. Paul Chan, Hong Kong’s financial secretary, appointed an inspector to investigate the company’s financial affairs. In August, Hong Kong’s auditing watchdog, the Financial Reporting Council, also opened an investigation into the company.thewestsidegazette.com
Hong Kong newspaper increases print fivefold after arrests
Hong Kong pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily has increased its print run more than fivefold to 500,000 copies as residents lined up to buy the paper in a show of support for beleaguered press freedoms, a day after police arrested five top editors and executives.
Hong Kong uses draconian security law to charge newspaper for first time
Hong Kong police used a sweeping national security law against a pro-democracy newspaper for the first time Thursday, arresting five editors and executives on charges of collusion with foreign powers. Police said they had strong evidence that more than 30 articles published by Apple Daily played a “crucial part” in a conspiracy with foreign countries to impose sanctions against China and Hong Kong, in response to a crackdown on civil liberties in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. Apple Daily hasnews.yahoo.com
Hong Kong tycoon gets 14-month jail term over 2019 protest
Hong Kong media tycoon and outspoken pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai was sentenced to more jail time Friday over his role in an anti-government protest in 2019, as authorities step up a crackdown on dissent in the city. Lai and nine others were charged with incitement to take part in an unauthorized assembly when they walked down a road with thousands of residents on Oct. 1, 2019, to protest against dwindling political freedoms in Hong Kong. Lai, 73, was sentenced to 14 months in prison.news.yahoo.com
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Hong Kong media tycoon and outspoken pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai was sentenced to more jail time Friday over his role in an anti-government protest in 2019, as authorities step up a crackdown on dissent in the city. Lai and nine others were charged with incitement to take part in an unauthorized assembly when they walked down a road with thousands of residents on Oct. 1, 2019, to protest against dwindling political freedoms in Hong Kong.news.yahoo.com
WorldView: Hong Kong activist sentenced to at least 12 months in prison; 3 deaths in Denmark linked to salmonella poisoning
Media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been sentenced to at least 12 months in jail for his involvement in a 2019 pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong. Three people have died and multiple are sick with salmonella poisoning after ingesting a now-recalled capsule in Denmark. And coronavirus infections in Chile are on the rise despite a successful vaccine roll out. CBS News foreign correspondent Ian Lee joins CBSN AM with a look at these and more international headlines.cbsnews.com
Hong Kong democracy leaders given jail terms amid crackdown
A Hong Kong court has sentenced five leading pro-democracy advocates to up to 18 months in prison for organizing and participating in a massive march during the 2019 anti-government protests that triggered an overwhelming crackdown from Beijing.
Hong Kong pro-democracy leaders, one of them 82, face possible 5-year sentences for organizing a march
Hong Kong had enjoyed a vibrant political culture and freedoms not seen elsewhere in China during the decades it was a British colony. Former lawmaker and barrister Martin Lee leaves the West Kowloon Magistrates Courts following a hearing on April 1, 2021 in Hong Kong, China. As a result of the clampdown, most of Hong Kong's outspoken activists are now in jail or in self-exile abroad. "It is our badge of honor to be in jail for walking together with the people of Hong Kong." In a 2019 interview with CBS News' Ramy Inocencio, he also disagreed with a name he's often given: the "father of Hong Kong's democracy."cbsnews.com
Hong Kong activist publisher Jimmy Lai denied bail again
A police officer stands guard outside High Court in Hong Kong Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. Prominent Hong Kong democracy advocate and newspaper founder Jimmy Lai is back in court for another attempt to apply for bail before his trial in April, on the charge of "collusion with foreign forces," a new crime in Hong Kong invented by the National Security Law that Beijing imposed last year. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)HONG KONG – Prominent Hong Kong democracy advocate and newspaper publisher Jimmy Lai was again denied bail on Thursday ahead of his April trial on charges of colluding with foreign forces. Arrested and charged in early December, Lai was at first denied bail then granted it on appeal under strict conditions amounting for a form of house arrest. That prompted a withering attack on the Hong Kong judiciary by the ruling Communist Party newspaper People's Daily.
2 plead guilty as leading Hong Kong activists go on trial
Pro-democracy lawmaker Martin Lee arrives at a court in Hong Kong Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. The two who pleaded guilty were Au Nok-hin and Leung Yiu-chung, both former members of the Hong Kong legislature. Au pleaded guilty to both charges, while Leung pleaded guilty just to participating in an illegal assembly. The arrests were condemned by the United States and other countries, which have grown increasingly at odds with China over its Hong Kong policy. AdChina's legislature then approved a national security law for Hong Kong in June that further clamped down on dissent.
Hong Kong denies bail for opposition publisher Jimmy Lai
Democracy advocate Jimmy Lai leaves the Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal where the government is arguing against allowing him bail in Hong Kong Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. Hong Kongs Court of Final Appeal denied bail Tuesday for prominent democracy advocate and newspaper founder Lai, upholding the government prosecutions appeal. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)HONG KONG – A Hong Kong court on Tuesday denied bail for government critic and newspaper publisher Jimmy Lai who is facing charges under a sweeping new national security law. First refused bail, Lai was later released on appeal, leading to editorials attacking Hong Kong’s judiciary in the pages of the ruling Communist Party newspaper People’s Daily. The national security law was imposed on Hong Kong by Beijing after the city’s local legislature was unable to overcome local opposition to its enactment.
Hong Kong government critic Jimmy Lai returns to court
Democracy advocate Jimmy Lai arrives at Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal where the government is arguing against allowing him bail in Hong Kong Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. Prominent Hong Kong democracy advocate and newspaper founder Jimmy Lai returned to court Monday to contest an attempt by the government to keep him in jail while facing charges under a sweeping new national security law. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)HONG KONG – Prominent Hong Kong democracy advocate and newspaper founder Jimmy Lai returned to court Monday to contest an attempt by the government to keep him in jail while facing charges under a sweeping new national security law. Lai is charged with collusion with foreign forces, an offense under the national security law. The national security law was imposed on Hong Kong by Beijing after the city's local legislature was unable to overcome opposition to its enactment.
Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai jailed after bail revoked
Hong Kong pro-democracy activist and media tycoon Jimmy Lai, arrives the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020. Hong Kong government prosecutors appeal against the bail granted to Lai. Lai was granted bail on Dec 23, nearly three weeks after he was remanded in custody over fraud and national security-related charges. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)HONG KONG – Hong Kong's highest court on Thursday revoked media tycoon Jimmy Lai's bail after prosecutors succeeded in asking the judges to send him back to detention. Lai had been granted bail on Dec. 23 after three weeks in custody on charges of fraud and endangering national security.
WorldView: France and U.K. reopen borders, and more global headlines
WorldView: France and U.K. reopen borders, and more global headlines Goods can finally move between the United Kingdom and France as the countries reopen their borders. Iran is being accused of an effort to incite violence in the United States. Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai has been granted bail. And Israel will hold its fourth election in just two years as parliament dissolves. CBS News foreign correspondent Ian Lee joins "CBSN AM" from London with today's global headlines.cbsnews.com
A Hong Kong pastor tried to protect democracy activists. Now his bank account is frozen
“My friends in the U.K. have been telling everyone to move their money out of Hong Kong,” said Simon Lee, co-director of the international business and Chinese enterprise program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. “In terms of the safety of assets, Hong Kong is no different from China now.”Still, Hong Kong plays a vital role as a conduit for capital into and out of China. AdvertisementAlthough the company is headquartered in London, the bulk of the bank’s business is in Hong Kong and mainland China. It was later pilloried in Hong Kong by pro-Beijing figures for not supporting the national security law early on. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said she can no longer access banks because of U.S. sanctions.latimes.com
Hong Kong's Jimmy Lai denied bail as Pompeo tweets support
Hong Kong pro-democracy activist and media tycoon Jimmy Lai is escorted by Correctional Services officers to get on a prison van before appearing in a court, in Hong Kong, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. Lai, who founded the Apple Daily tabloid, has been charged under the citys national security law, amid a widening crackdown on dissent, according to local media reports. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)HONG KONG – Jimmy Lai, the 73-year-old Hong Kong media tycoon and advocate for democracy, was denied bail Saturday after being charged the previous day under the semi-autonomous Chinese territory's new national security law. Lai faces a charge of collusion with foreign elements to endanger national security, apparently for tweets he made and interviews or commentaries he did with foreign media. Lai, the highest-profile person charged under the security law, has also been arrested for other alleged offenses this year.
Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai charged under security law
HONG KONG – Hong Kong pro-democracy activist and media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been charged under the city’s national security law, amid a widening crackdown on dissent, according to local media reports. Lai, who founded the Apple Daily tabloid, was charged on suspicion of colluding with foreign forces and endangering national security, local broadcaster TVB reported Friday. He is the most high-profile person to be charged under the law since it was implemented in June. Police said in a statement that they arrested a 73-year-old man under the national security law, but did not name him. Lai was arrested under the national security law in August.
Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai denied bail on fraud charge
In this Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 photo, Jimmy Lai arrives at a court in Hong Kong. Jimmy Lai, the pro-democracy Hong Kong media tycoon who was arrested during a crackdown on dissent was charged Wednesday Dec. 2, 2020, with fraud but no national security offenses, two newspapers reported. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)HONG KONG – Outspoken Hong Kong pro-democracy advocate and media tycoon Jimmy Lai was refused bail on Thursday on a fraud charge amid a growing crackdown on dissent in the semi-autonomous city. Hong Kong police said in a statement Wednesday that it had arrested three men on charges of fraud, without naming them. The British government had slammed Lai’s August arrest and said the security law was being used to crush dissent.
Hong Kong police raids outspoken media tycoon's office
Pro-democracy activists Jimmy Lai, left, and Leung Kwok-hung, right, arrive at a court in Hong Kong, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Hong Kong police raided the private offices of media tycoon and pro-democracy activist Lai on Thursday, according to Lai's aide. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)HONG KONG – Hong Kong police raided the private offices of media tycoon and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai on Thursday, according to Lai’s aide. Lai, 71, is an outspoken pro-democracy figure who regularly criticizes China’s authoritarian rule and Hong Kong’s government. Pro-democracy supporters say the legislation effectively ends the “one country, two systems” framework under which semi-autonomous Hong Kong has been operating under since Beijing took over the former British colony in 1997.
UN experts raise concerns over Hong Kong security law
Seven human rights experts affiliated with the U.N. raised concerns over Hong Kong's national security law in a letter addressed to Chinese authorities, saying that the law infringed on certain fundamental rights. The security law makes secessionist, subversive, or terrorist activities illegal, as well as foreign intervention in the citys internal affairs. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has insisted that it will help bring stability back to Hong Kong after months of unrest. The security law extends beyond Hong Kong, targeting anyone overseas who violates it, although it is not clear how it would be enforced. The letter follows the first in-depth appraisal of the Hong Kong security law from the U.N. human rights system, though officials including U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet have previously expressed concerns about it.
Hong Kong police arrest 16, including 2 opposition lawmakers
Pro-democracy legislator Ted Hui, center, is arrested by police officers in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. Hong Kong police arrested 16 people Wednesday on charges related to anti-government protests last year, including two opposition lawmakers. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)HONG KONG Hong Kong police arrested 16 people Wednesday on charges related to anti-government protests last year, including two opposition lawmakers. The chairman of the Democratic Party in Hong Kong, Wu Chi-wai, called the arrests of Lam and Hui ridiculous." Since the start of the protests in June 2019, Hong Kong police has made more than 9,000 arrests.
How COVID-19 gives cover to press crackdowns the world over
FILE - In this July 1, 2020, file photo, Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai pauses during an interview in Hong Kong. Governments around the world are taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to justify crackdowns on press freedom. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)Governments around the world are taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to justify or to divert attention from crackdowns on press freedom. Jimmy Lai's arrest in Hong Kong, for instance, shortly followed enactment of a new national security law that gives China more power to squash dissent in Hong Kong. We dont see the robust condemnation that we would expect from the U.S. over press freedom crackdowns or deaths of journalists in custody, Radsch said.
Hong Kong media tycoon relieved he wasn't sent to China
Hong Kong media tycoon and newspaper founder Jimmy Lai, sits in a car as he leaves a police station after being bailed out in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)HONG KONG Jimmy Lai had just finished his morning exercise and was catching up on the news when the police arrived. There were 15, 20 policemen there, and they said I was under arrest and that they were from the national security department, the Hong Kong media tycoon recounted in a live-streamed video chat Thursday. Chinese and Hong Kong officials say most cases will be handled locally. The stock surged more than 1,100% to 1.61 Hong Kong dollars before settling around 0.38 Hong Kong dollars on Thursday.
Hong Kong residents buy newspaper to support free press
Copies of Apple Daily newspaper with front pages featuring Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, are displayed for sale at a newsstand in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Hong Kong police have arrested Lai and raided the publisher's headquarters, broadening their enforcement of a new security law and raising fears about press freedom in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)HONG KONG Long lines of people bought up copies of the Apple Daily paper at Hong Kong newsstands Tuesday to support a free press in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. The government is suppressing freedom of the press, said Michael Hung, who bought two copies for 10 Hong Kong dollars ($1.25) apiece. Earlier, owner Jimmy Lai, his two sons and others from the company were detained under the national security law.
Asian shares mostly higher on stimulus moves, jobs data
Shares rose Monday in Sydney, Shanghai and Seoul, while markets were closed in Tokyo for a holiday. Stock prices fell in Hong Kong after the authorities arrested pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai on suspicion of collusion with foreign powers. An aide to Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai says Lai was arrested under the citys national security law. Hong Kong police said seven people had been arrested on suspicion of violating that law. The national security law came into effect June 30 and is widely seen as a means to curb dissent after anti-government protests rocked Hong Kong last year.
AP Interview: Hong Kong media tycoon says city now 'dead'
Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai pauses during an interview Hong Kong Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Lai said in an interview Wednesday that Hong Kong is dead under the new national security law. Lai, who owns popular newspaper Apple Daily, is a prominent advocate for democracy in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)HONG KONG When Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrived in Hong Kong at age 12, the city felt like heaven to him, brimming with hope and freedom. He founded the Apple Daily tabloid in 1995, ahead of Britain's handover of Hong Kong to China.
US condemns arrests of Hong Kong democracy activists
Police Officers escort Jimmy Lai out of his House on April 18, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. The Hong Kong police have arrested 14 people involved in last years anti-government protest including pan-democrat lawmakers. The Trump administration on Saturday condemned Hong Kong's arrests of 15 activists, including veteran politicians, a publishing tycoon and senior barristers, describing them as "inconsistent" with China's international commitments. "The United States condemns the arrest of pro-democracy advocates in Hong Kong," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. U.S. President Donald Trump last November signed into law legislation backing protesters in Hong Kong despite angry objections from Beijing.cnbc.com
Hong Kong arrests pro-democracy media tycoon and opposition lawmakers
Hong Kong police on Friday made a series of arrests targeting high-profile figures in the citys pro-democracy movement. Pro-democracy activist Lee Cheuk-yan, former leader of the opposition Labor Party, speaks to protesters during an anti-government rally in Hong Kong on Aug. 18, 2019. This mornings arrests are blatant acts of political suppression by the Hong Kong government and the Chinese Communist Party, said Samuel Chu, managing director of the Washington-based Hong Kong Democracy Council. Pro-democracy demonstrators including Emily Lau, second from left, Yeung Sum, center, and Martin Lee, second from right, during a Hong Kong rally in 2009. (Anthony Wallace / AFP/Getty Images)The night of Aug. 31, 2019, was a watershed moment for Hong Kongs pro-democracy movement.latimes.com
What keeps the months-long, massive Hong Kong protests going? "60 Minutes" reports
To find out we went to Hong Kong, but to understand what's going on there, you have to start here in Beijing on October 1. The show of strength and stability by a rising superpower was also a warning to Hong Kong. Hong Kong protests: Weekend clashes, weekday capitalismAt the anniversary celebration, China's president, Xi Jinping, predicted a brighter future for Hong Kong - but many in this city don't trust him. I think Hong Kong is at a point where things can't turn back, things can only escalate from here. Google dropped a game about the Hong Kong protests; and an NBA team executive apologized after tweeting support for the demonstrators.cbsnews.com
"60 Minutes" reports: Who are the Hong Kong protesters?
Lai speaks to Holly Williams, who hits the streets of Hong Kong for a "60 Minutes" report to be broadcast Sunday, October 13, 7:30 p.m. There is a garrison of mainland Chinese soldiers in Hong Kong that has doubled in size in recent weeks. So far, there have been many injuries, but no confirmed deaths as a direct result of the Hong Kong Police action against protesters. So I think that's why they still very much want Hong Kong Police to handle our own problem." Hong Kong is a rich city with a high standard of living.cbsnews.com
Hong Kong multi-millionaire stands up to China
By 1992, the group had 191 outlets, made 9 million garments annually and had a turnover of 1.6 billion Hong Kong dollars ($211 million). Modeled visually on USA Today, it "shook the media landscape in Hong Kong in a revolutionary way," says Clement So, the Chinese University of Hong Kong associate dean. But he does view Washington as a key ally for Hong Kong -- as that early warning on the extradition bill proved. "If you're a business person in Hong Kong, it is difficult to avoid the China market," says Lam, the history professor. The Hong Kong government has announced a $2.4 billion stimulus package to help the economy grow amid the unrest.