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China hails arrest of ‘rabble-rouser’ media tycoon Jimmy Lai

August 10, 2020

Beijing late Monday hailed the arrest of pro-democracy Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, accusing him of being a “rabble-rouser” who had conspired with foreign forces to undermine China’s national security.

“These anti-China rabble-rousers in collusion with foreign forces have seriously jeopardised national security and damaged Hong Kong’s stability and prosperity,” China’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office said in a statement.

“Jimmy Lai is a representative figure among these people,” it added.

Dispatches from AFP concerning freedom of information, censorship and news coverage in regions where independent media is under threat.