National security law: Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai, activist Agnes Chow among those arrested as police spend nearly nine hours searching Apple Daily offices

National security law: Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai, activist Agnes Chow among those arrested as police spend nearly nine hours searching Apple Daily offices

  • Founder of tabloid-style newspaper detained in most high-profile police operation under national security law since it was imposed by Beijing
  • Police also detain former student activist Agnes Chow and two others in another sweep in the afternoon
  • Police arrest Jimmy Lai, his two sons and four senior staff over alleged violations of the national security law and fraud
  • Cheung Kim-hung, CEO of Next Digital, Apple Daily’s parent company, and CFO and COO Chow Tat-kuen among those arrested
  • Former student activist Agnes Chow and two others arrested in another sweep in the afternoon
  • Jimmy Lai’s top aide, Mark Simon, who was not in the city, sought by Hong Kong police
  • Soon after the arrests, more than 200 police officers raid the newspaper’s headquarters in Tseung Kwan O
  • Senior Superintendent Steve Li Kwai-wah, from the new national security unit, pledges not to search the paper’s editorial department or disrupt its operations
  • Head of the Hong Kong Journalists Association calls search of press outlet on such a large scale unprecedented