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Trump calls arrested Hong Kong media mogul Lai a ‘brave man’

August 19, 2020

President Donald Trump on Wednesday called arrested Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai a “brave man” and expressed his support.

“I sent him best wishes,” Trump told reporters in the White House, calling Lai “certainly a brave man.”

Lai was arrested last week and briefly detained under a new Chinese law clamping down on Hong Kong’s previous freedoms.

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