Hundreds of Hong Kong national security police raided the offices of pro-democracy online media Stand News on Wednesday and arrested six people, including senior officials, for “conspiring to publish seditious publications” .
Police said more than 200 uniformed and plainclothes policemen were deployed to search the publication office in Kwun Tong district.
An AFP reporter saw Stand News editor-in-chief Patrick Lam handcuffed in the newspaper’s office building.
Stand News is the second Hong Kong media company targeted by the national security police after Apple Daily, which closed in June after authorities froze its assets under a national security law imposed by Beijing for curb dissent.
Local pop star Denise Ho, who served on the board of Stand News but resigned in November, has also been arrested, according to her Facebook page.
Shortly before dawn, Stand News broadcast live on Facebook that the National Security Police were standing outside the door of Deputy Editor Ronson Chan.
In the brief video, officers told Chan they had a judicial warrant to investigate charges of “conspiracy to publish a seditious publication” and that Chan should stop filming.
Chan, who is also chairman of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, was reportedly asked to assist police in their investigation, but not among those arrested.
The others arrested were lawyer and former pro-democracy MP Margaret Ng and former Stand News editor Chung Pui-kuen, according to local media.
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