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Democracies need to speak up for freedom in Hong Kong

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China is trying to stifle freedom in Hong Kong by increasing the ruthlessness of its brutal crackdown on journalism, free speech and dissenting voices in the city.

The international community should not just be a passive observer of Beijing's blatant oppression of citizens in the territory.

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, the 71-year-old founder of the popular tabloid Apple Daily, was arrested on Aug. 10 over allegations that the high-profile democracy advocate has violated a controversial new national security law designed to silence anti-government voices.

While authorities have yet to announce specific charges against Lai, he is believed to be accused of collusion with a foreign country and acts harmful to national security, which are banned by the law.

Some 200 police officers reportedly raided the headquarters of Apple Day in a Hong Kong suburb and confiscated a huge amount of documents.

"Hong Kong's press freedom is now hanging by a........

© The Asahi Shimbun

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