The Chinese government’s recent crackdown on journalists in Hong Kong has been met with silence from major U.S. corporations with extensive ties to the Communist regime.
Apple, Google, Nike, and the National Basketball Association did not return requests for comment on the arrest of at least seven Chinese journalists since June 17.
The targeted journalists are former employees of Apple Daily, a now-defunct pro-democracy newspaper based in Hong Kong. They were detained in accordance with a controversial “national security” law enacted in 2020 after authorities successfully stamped out pro-democracy protests in the former British territory. The law was praised in the pages of the New York Times, a newspaper that until recently made millions publishing Chinese government propaganda.
On Sunday, Chinese authorities detained a man identified by Hong Kong media as Fung Wai-kong, a former editor and columnist for the Apple Daily. According to Hong Kong police, the man was arrested at the airport for “conspiring to collude with foreign countries or foreign forces to endanger national security.”
U.S. media could not independently verify the identity of the man arrested. If confirmed as Fung, he would be the seventh former Apple Daily journalist arrested on national security grounds since June 17, when the newspaper was forced to cease operations following a police raid.