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Outspoken Hong Kong publisher and China critic Jimmy Lai is arrested: reports
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Next Digital founder and majority shareholder Jimmy Lai shares his experience on the ground in Hong Kong as the police arrest people in response to China’s new national security law there.
Media tycoon and outspoken Beijing critic Jimmy Lai has reportedly been arrested by Hong Kong authorities under the pretenses of a national security law that has been used to crack down on dissidents since its passage in June.
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The announcement of Lai’s arrest came from pro-democracy activist Samuel Chu, who had a warrant for his arrest issued earlier this month.
“NOW: @JimmyLai, outspoken pro-democracy activist and owner of opposition newspapers @AppleDaily, has been arrested for ‘colluding with foreign powers’ under the #NationalSecurityLaw in Hong Kong,” Chu tweeted.
Lai's arrest was confirmed by a senior executive at Lai's media company.
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., an inveterate critic of Beijing, pointed to the arrest as evidence of China’s zero tolerance approach to free speech.
“Longtime #HongKong publisher arrested for daring to speak out against #ChineseCommunistParty – actually, for daring just to report the news,” Hawley tweeted. “This is the ‘free speech’ #China wants to force on the world.”
Hong Kong has long enjoyed civil liberties not seen in mainland China because it is governed under a so-called "one country, two systems" principle in place since it reverted to Chinese rule in 1997.