Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai and ex-Apple Daily journalists face additional charge over ‘seditious publications’

Hong Kong pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai and six other former staff members of the now-defunct tabloid Apple Daily will face an addition charge over alleged seditious publications as part of their trial under the Beijing-imposed national security law.

The prosecution imposed the additional charged on Tuesday, as the group appeared in front of Acting Chief Magistrate Peter Law at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts. They stand accused of conspiring to collude with foreign powers under the city’s sweeping security legislation.

Photo: Kenny Huang & Michael Ho/Studio Incendo.

The defendants also included former CEO of Next Digital, the parent company of Apple Daily, Cheung Kim-hung, Apple Daily’s former editor-in-chief Ryan Law, former associate publisher Chan Pui-man, former executive editor-in-chief Lam Man-chung, ex-editor-in-chief of the English news section Fung Wai-kong, and ex-editorial writer Yeung Ching-kee.

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