Mareva Injunction issued to Apple Daily Printing to freeze its plant, HKJA criticised for “infiltrating campuses to win over students” (Updated: 1.55pm)

Secretary for Security Chris Tang

15th September 2021 – (Hong Kong) The Secretary for Security Chris Tang met with reporters after attending a meeting of the Legislative Council today (15th). In a recent interview, Tang criticised the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) for “infiltrating campuses to win over students” to become members of HKJA.

Some 13-year-old students or those who have not received training were also labelled as “reporters.” Tang stated that in the past, whenever there were incidents involving Apple Daily and Standpoint News, HKJA would condemn the actions of police.

Ronson Chan, chairman of the Hong Kong Journalists Association refuted the statement and said that only a few members of the Association are students.

Meanwhile, Tang said that the government has issuedArticle 43 of the National Security Law and issued a Mareva Injunction to APPLE DAILY PRINTING LIMITED this morning to freeze its plant in Tseung Kwan O. The company concerned is not allowed to conduct transactions on the premises unless it has obtained permission from the Security Bureau. Tang explained that because the company has been prosecuted for colluding with foreign powers and endangering national security, and the factory is suspected of violating national security law. He also pointed out that the prosecution was based on certain evidence and the defendant had been notified that there were sufficient grounds to freeze its assets. He also said that the case is under trial and it is not convenient to disclose details.