Ex-editors of Stand News officially charged under Hong Kong’s anti-sedition law, denied bail

A Hong Kong court has ordered two veteran journalists who had links with the now-defunct non-profit news outlet Stand News to remain in custody after they were officially charged with allegedly conspiring to publish seditious publications.

Stand News’ former editor-in-chief Chung Pui-kuen, 52, was brought to West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts on Thursday afternoon after being detained by police overnight. His co-defendant, 34-year-old Patrick Lam – who recently stepped down the acting chief editor of the independent news source – did not make an appearance owing to health reasons.

A woman waves goodbye at a Correctional Services Department van outside the West Kowloon Law Courts Building on December 30, 2021. She was among a crowd which tried to bid farewell to former Stand News editor-in-chief Chung Pui-kuen who was remanded into custody pending trial under the colonial-era anti-sedition law. Photo: Kelly Ho/HKFP.

They were among seven people arrested by the city’s national security police on Wednesday on suspicion of violating the colonial-era Crimes Ordinance. The other arrestees included prominent barrister Margaret Ng, Cantopop singer Denise Ho, Christine Fang and Chow Tat-chi, who were former directors of Stand News. They were released on police bail in the late afternoon on Thursday without charge.

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