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Hong Kong activists jailed over Tiananmen crackdown vigil

Sep. 15, 2021 02:29 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Nine Hong Kong activists and ex-lawmakers on Wednesday were handed jail sentences of up to 10 months over their roles in last year’s banned Tiananmen Square candlelight vigil, the latest blow in an ongoing crackdown on dissent in the city. The nine...

Hong Kong activists plead guilty over unauthorized vigil

Sep. 09, 2021 06:57 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A dozen Hong Kong pro-democracy activists pleaded guilty Thursday to participating in an unauthorized candlelight vigil to mark Beijing's bloody crackdown in Tiananmen Square. The 12 were charged with participating in the unauthorized assembly in...

Apple Daily parent company board resigns, plans to liquidate

Sep. 05, 2021 09:32 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The parent company of a defunct pro-democracy paper in Hong Kong, Apple Daily, is liquidating its assets and the board is stepping down, according to a stock exchange filing Sunday. Next Digital, a publicly traded company, said in an announcement...

Report: 2 Hong Kongers plead guilty to foreign collusion

Aug. 19, 2021 08:39 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Two Hong Kongers pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring to collude with foreign forces as well as Next Digital founder Jimmy Lai to endanger national security, local media reported. In a separate case, local media reported seven pro-democracy activists...

Hong Kong protester given 9-year term in 1st security case

Jul. 30, 2021 06:20 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A pro-democracy protester was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison in the closely watched first prosecution under Hong Kong’s national security law as the ruling Communist Party tightens control over the territory. Tong Ying-kit, 24, was convicted...

Pro-democracy, women's rights activists to get Liberty Medal

Jul. 20, 2021 15:55 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Hong Kong pro-democracy activist and a Saudi women's rights activist will be presented the Liberty Medal later this year. The National Constitution Center announced Tuesday that the annual award will be presented Sept. 21 to Jimmy Lai and Loujain...

AP Interview: US firms in Hong Kong face risks, says AmCham

Jul. 19, 2021 04:30 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — U.S. businesses operating in Hong Kong should reassess their operations and decide if the risks of operating there are worth the reward, the president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong said in an interview Monday with The Associated Press. ...

Hong Kong district councilors must take oath despite exodus

Jul. 13, 2021 06:30 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s leader said Tuesday that remaining elected district councilors will still need to take an oath pledging allegiance to the city despite the resignation of dozens of their peers who are refusing to do so. Some 170 district councilors, most...

Press watchdog puts Hungarian PM Orban on 'predators' list

Jul. 05, 2021 21:26 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Press watchdog Reporters Without Borders has put Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on its list of “predators,” the first time a Western European leader has been placed in the lineup of heads of state or government who “crack down massively” on press freedom. ...

Hong Kong freedoms fade as security law muzzles dissent

Jun. 30, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong is still China’s wealthiest, most capitalist city. Its vistas of skyscrapers and sea framed by dragon-backed emerald peaks are as stunning as ever. But a year after Beijing imposed a harsh national security law on the former British colony, the civil liberties...