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Hong Kong Police Raid Online Media, Arrest 6

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Hong Kong Police Raid Online Media, Arrest 6

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HONG KONG – Hong Kong police raided the offices of an online media outlet on Wednesday after arresting six people for conspiring to publish a seditious publication.

More than 200 police officers participated in the search, police said. They had a warrant to seize relevant journalistic documents under a national security law enacted last year.

The six men were arrested early Wednesday under a colonial-era crimes ordinance for conspiring to publish a seditious publication, and searches of their residences were underway, police said.

According to local newspaper South China Morning Post, police arrested a current editor and former editor of Stand News, as well as four former board members, including singer and activist Denise Ho.

Police did not identify those arrested, but Stand News posted a video on Facebook showing police officers at the home of deputy editor Ronson Chan to investigate the alleged crime. Chan is also president of the Hong Kong Journalists Association.

Earlier this year, Stand News announced that it would be suspending subscriptions and removing most opinion pieces and columns from its website due to national security law. Six members of the board of directors had also resigned from the company.

The arrests come as authorities crack down on dissent in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. Police charged former newspaper editor Jimmy Lai with sedition on Tuesday. Its Apple Daily newspaper closed its doors after its assets were frozen.

They also follow the removal of sculptures and other artwork from college campuses last week. The works supported democracy and commemorated the victims of the Chinese crackdown on Democratic protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989.

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