HK police charge former Stand News editors

About 200 police raided the office of the Stand News online publication on Wednesday (December 29), froze its assets and arrested seven current and former senior editors and former board members.

The National Security Department of the police said in a statement it had laid charges of "conspiracy to publish seditious publications" against two men, aged 34 and 52 respectively. While police did not identify the pair or the company, a charge sheet filed at the West Kowloon Magistrates' Court and seen by Reuters identified them as former Stand News chief editor Chung Pui-kuen and Patrick Lam, acting chief editor.

Set up in 2014 as a non-profit organisation, Stand News was the most prominent remaining pro-democracy publication in Hong Kong after a national security investigation this year led to the closure of jailed tycoon Jimmy Lai's Apple Daily tabloid. Stand News shut down hours after the raid and all of its employees were dismissed.

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