Hong Kong Police Arrest Six Linked to Pro-Democracy News Site
HONG KONG — The Hong Kong police on Wednesday arrested six current or former senior staff members of an outspoken pro-democracy news website in a morning raid, yet another crackdown by the government on the city’s once-vibrant independent press.
The six were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to publish seditious material, according to a statement from the police, which did not specify the news outlet. But Stand News, a seven-year-old online publication, posted video footage on Facebook showing police officers at the doors of one of its deputy editors, Ronson Chan, about 6 a.m. It was not immediately clear if he was arrested.
More than 200 officers entered the publication’s headquarters in Hong Kong and conducted a search, the police said.