Apple Daily, the embattled anti-Beijing newspaper, has asked authorities to unfreeze some of its assets so it can pay salaries and avoid labour violations, and that its board will meet on Friday to decide if the newspaper will cease operations.
New changes cut proportion of directly elected seats in legislature from half to less than a quarter, while a new body will vet candidates and bar those deemed insufficiently patriotic towards Beijing from participating.
The prominent anti-Beijing activist is already serving a 13.5 month jail sentence for taking part in a protest during the 2019 unrest.
Carrie Lam says the government is researching “fake news” to tackle “misinformation, hatred and lies” but has no timetable for the law, which comes after the imposition of a sweeping national security law in 2020.
China's electoral reform bill introduced in city legislature, a follow-up to the sweeping national security law imposed last year, setting in motion changes to give Beijing greater control by reducing number of directly elected representatives.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the expanded list of sanctions comes after Beijing moved last week to "unilaterally undermine Hong Kong's electoral system" with new rules.
The new tactic involves authorities declaring lockdown without warning in a bid to ensure people don't flee before Covid-19 testers arrive in their neighbourhoods.
Home to 7.5 million residents, Hong Kong’s vaccine approval process differs from the one used in mainland China.
The mass arrests were the largest move against Hong Kong’s activist movement since the national security law was imposed by Beijing in the semi-autonomous territory last year.
At least 60 people have been arrested in Hong Kong as anti-Beijing protesters held small demonstrations on China's National Day, flaunting a ban on mass gatherings and protests.
While street protests have largely lost momentum, anti-government and anti-Beijing sentiment persists, with China's offer of mass coronavirus testing for Hong Kong residents prompting calls for a boycott amid public distrust.
Lai owns the group which publishes anti-Beijing paper Apple Daily. His arrest marks the first time the law is being used against Hong Kong's news media.
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