Two Hong Kong news editors at shuttered website charged with sedition


By Marl Moore

Two top editors at shuttered Hong Kong pro-democracy website Stand News were charged with sedition and denied bail on Thursday, one day after police raided the outlet’s offices and forced it to close. 

National security police charged former editors Chung Pui-kuen and Patrick Lam with conspiracy to publish a seditious publication and planned to charge the company as well, the charge sheet said. 

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned the raid on Stand News’ offices and the arrest of the publication’s staffers and called on officials in Hong Kong and China to release them. 

​”Journalism is not sedition. We call on PRC and Hong Kong authorities to cease targeting Hong Kong’s free and independent media and to immediately release those journalists and media executives who have been unjustly detained and charge​d,” Blinken said in a statement that used the acronym for the People’s Republic of China. ​

Elsewhere in the statement, Blinken credited an independent media and the free flow of information with helping to make Hong Kong “a global center for finance, trade, education, and culture.​”​ ​

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