Lam Man Chung Wiki – Lam Man Chung Biography
Lam Man Chung is a former Apple Daily senior editor. On Wednesday, Hong Kong national security police arrested Chung at the now-defunct Apple Daily pro-democracy newspaper, weeks after the paper was forced to close after authorities froze its assets.
Chung, who was the executive editor-in-chief of Apple Daily, was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to collude with foreign forces to endanger national security, according to the South China Morning Post newspaper, which cited an unnamed source. He is the eighth person from the newspaper who has been arrested in recent weeks.
He is 51 years old.
Lam Man Chung Arrested
Police said that a 51-year-old former editor was arrested on Wednesday with a similar case in June but did not identify the person arrested.
Lam Man-Chung, left, and Chan Pui-man, associate publisher of Apple Daily, at the newspaper’s offices before it stopped publishing last month (Kin Cheung/AP)
In June, police raided the newspaper’s offices, taking away hard drives and laptops as evidence.
The arrests of top executives, editors, and journalists at the paper, and the freezing of 2.3 million dollars (£1.69 million) worth of assets, led Apply Daily to cease its operations last month. It sold a million copies of its final edition.
Authorities said Apple Daily’s reporting and editorials backed calls for international sanctions against China, a political stance that the new security law has criminalized.
The tabloid’s owner Jimmy Lai, 73, is currently in prison and has been charged with conspiracy alongside two other executives denied bail.
They face up to life in prison if convicted.
Among the others arrested but currently not charged are two of the paper’s leading editorial writers, including one detained at Hong Kong’s airport as he tried to leave the city.
The paper’s sudden demise was a stark warning to all media outlets on the reach of new national security law in a city that once billed itself as a beacon of press freedom in the region.
Last week the Hong Kong Journalists Association said media freedoms were “in tatters” as China remolds the once outspoken business hub in its authoritarian image.