The media was established in 2014. After seven arrests and a series of searches, the media announced the disqualification of the entire team as well as the closure of its news website. Pro-Beijing authorities continue to crackdown on local media.
After being subject to a string of searches and seven arrests, the pro-democracy online media Hong Kong “Stand News,” announced its closure on Wednesday, December 29. “Seditious publication”The latest episode of the crackdown by pro-Beijing officials on the local press.
International community is concerned about the ongoing takeover of the ex-British colony following the pro-democracy protests in 2019. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the crackdown “An open attack upon press freedom in Hong Kong already in ruins”.
Police stated that they had taken six people from “Stand News,” and arrested them. “Conspiracy”Broadcasting is necessary in order to transmit a “Seditious publication”. According to local media reports police also arrested Chung Puikuen (ex-editor) and four board members who resigned during June.
These are Denise Ho, Cantonese pop star and Margaret Ng, an ex-member of Hong Kong Legislative Council. Christine Fang, Chow Tat-chi and the other former members are also ex-members.
An AFP journalist saw the publication’s editor, Patrick Lam, being taken in handcuffs inside the “Stand News” offices.
On Wednesday, more 200 agents searched the headquarters for “Stand News”, and at least four other members of staff were also searched. They were authorized to search the homes of four other staff members of “Stand News” by a court, police said. “Search for and seize journalistic materials of interest”.
“At around 6 am, officers from the National Security Division came to the home of Ronson Chan, deputy editor of “StAndpoint News” […] and [lui] asking to turn off the live broadcast ”The newspaper is also reported by, in a video posted on its Facebook page.
Ronson Chan, the Hong Kong Journalists Association president, stated that his house was searched and that police took computer equipment from it. He was not arrested. « “Stand News”He has been practicing journalism professionally since childhood., did he declare. This is true regardless of the criminal charges.
“Because of the current situation, “Stand News” will cease its activity immediately and will stop updating its site and all its social networks ”In a second Facebook post, the publication stated that it had resigned. “Stand News,” also reported that all staff members had been fired, that Patrick Lam, the editor-in-chief, had resigned, as well as that the site would soon go offline.
« “Stand News” was editorially independent and dedicated to protecting Hong Kong’s core values such as democracy, human rights, liberty, the rule of law and justice ”, continued the media that was created in 2014 and awarded the Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Prize in November.
During the 2019 pro-democracy protests, several “Stand News” journalists had trouble with the police. In one memorable episode, a reporter recorded the brutal attack of a group made up of masked men on pro-democracy protesters. The reporter continued filming until the attackers left. they were just trying to get at it.
The authorities have been harshly criticizing “Stand News”, in recent months. Chris Tang, a Hong Kong security officer, had been accused of leaking information. “Biased and defamatory, demonized”The city’s prisons.