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Search against a media in Hong Kong: the former Montrealer Denise Ho arrested


The raid was orchestrated as part of an ongoing crackdown on dissent in the semi-autonomous Chinese city.

Popular activist and singer Denise Ho has been arrested for conspiring to publish a seditious publication.

Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly posted on Twitter that Canada is News stand, including Canadian and activist Denise Ho “,” text “:” deeply concerned about the arrest in Hong Kong of current and former Booth News board and staff, including Canadian and activist Denise Ho “}}”>deeply concerned about the arrest in Hong Kong of current and former members of the board of directors and staff of News stand, including Canadian and activist Denise Ho.

Conservative MP Michael Chong said that his arrest violates the Sino-British Treaty of 1984. We cannot ignore Beijing’s violations of international law.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Denise Ho did her high school studies at Collège Jean-de-la-Mennais before studying at Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf in Montreal.

She also began studying graphic design at theUniversity of Quebec in Montreal before having a career in the pop scene in Hong Kong.

Denise Ho, known as the artist HOCC, is also a committed human rights activist.

In an article from New Yorker in 2019, she said, about one of her songs calledMontreal“,” text “:” Montreal “}} ‘>Montreal, that the Quebec metropolis had taught him how to be a person.

My values, my sense of independence, my principles, my penchant for rebellion, they all took root there.

A quote from Denise Ho, singer and activist

Media targeted by the police

News stand said in a statement that its website and social media will no longer be updated and will be removed. The media outlet said all employees had been made redundant.

News stand was one of the last openly critical voices in Hong Kong after the newspaper closed Apple Daily, which closed after its publisher, Jimmy Lai, and key editors were arrested and its assets frozen.

The police also later arrested a seventh person, a former editor ofApple Daily.

More than 200 officers were involved in the search, police said. They had a warrant to seize relevant journalistic documents under a national security law enacted last year.

The seven people were arrested under a Crime Ordinance that dates back to when Hong Kong was a British colony before 1997 when it was returned to China. If these people are found guilty, they could face up to two years in prison and a fine of up to Hong Kong $ 5,000 (C $ 820).

Police officers outside the headquarters of the Stand News website.

Police officers outside the headquarters of the Stand News website.

Photo: AP / Vincent Yu

Police did not identify who was arrested, but the newspaper South China Morning Post from Hong Kong reported that he was a current editor and a former editor-in-chief of News stand, as well as four former board members, including Denise Ho and former lawmaker Margaret Ng.

A Facebook post on Denise Ho’s account confirmed Wednesday morning that she was being arrested. A subsequent message posted on her behalf stated that she was fine and urged her friends and supporters not to worry about her.

This message attracted nearly 40,000 I like and 2,700 comments, mostly from his admirers.

Early Wednesday, News stand posted a video on Facebook of police officers at the home of deputy editor Ronson Chan. The one who is also president of the Hong Kong Journalists Association has been taken for questioning, the organization confirmed in a statement.

Ronson Chan, who was later released, told media that police seized his electronics, bank cards and press card.

The arrests come as authorities crack down on dissent in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. Hong Kong police previously raided the offices of the old newspaper Apple Daily, seizing boxes of equipment and computer hard drives to aid them in their investigation and freezing millions of dollars, which subsequently forced the newspaper to cease operations.

Police charged Jimmy Lai on Tuesday with Apple Daily of sedition, he was already imprisoned on other charges.

Copies of the Apple Daily on the newspaper's premises.

Apple Daily Newsroom.

Photo: Reuters / Lam Yik

We don’t target journalists, we don’t target media, we just target national security breachessaid Li Kwai-wah, chief superintendent of the national security department of the police. If you’re only reporting I don’t think that’s a problem.

He told a press conference that those arrested were held to account for their actions even if they had resigned from News stand.

When asked what advice he had for the media, Li Kwai-wah replied: Don’t be biased. You know how to report, how to be a responsible journalist, how to report impartially to your readers. That’s all i can tell you.

Critics againstpolice state from Hong Kong

Earlier this year, News stand announced that it would suspend subscriptions and remove most opinion pieces and columns from its website due to national security law. Six members of the board of directors also resigned from the company.

The Journalists Association urged the city government to protect press freedom in accordance with Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, the Basic Law.

Workers taking out boxes in front of the police.

Stand News closed its doors this Thursday, December 29.

Photo: AP / Vincent Yu

The Hong Kong Journalists Association is deeply concerned that police have repeatedly arrested senior media officials and searched news agency offices containing large amounts of journalistic material in the air. a year, she said in a statement.

Benedict Rogers, co-founder and CEO of the non-governmental organization Hong Kong Watch, said the arrests are not nothing less than a total attack on press freedom in Hong Kong.

When a free press guaranteed by Hong Kong’s Basic Law is branded as seditious, it is a symbol of how quickly this once large and open international city has become little more than a police state.

A quote from Benedict rogers

Wednesday’s arrests also followed the removal of sculptures and other artwork from college campuses last week. The works supported democracy and commemorated the victims of the Chinese crackdown on Democratic protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989.

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