spot_imgspot_img
Tuesday, May 28, 2024

CPJ CONDEMNS GUILTY VERDICT IN JIMMY LAI’S FRAUD CASE IN HONG KONG

Date:

TAIPEI – In response to news reports that a court in Hong Kong on Tuesday convicted Jimmy Lai, founder of the Next Digital Limited media company and the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily, of fraud, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement condemning the verdict:

“Today’s conviction of Jimmy Lai on trumped-up fraud charges shows that Hong Kong will stop at nothing to silence one of its fiercest media critics,” said CPJ President Jodie Ginsberg in New York. “Lai is clearly being targeted for his journalism, and the persecution must stop. Hong Kong authorities should let Lai go free and drop all charges against him.”

The court convicted Lai of two counts of fraud for allegedly violating the terms of the lease of Next Digital’s headquarters. A sentence has yet to be announced, but Lai will appeal, Next Digital executive Mark Simon told CPJ via email.

Wong Wai-keung, a Next Digital administrative director who has been awaiting trial on bail, was also convicted on the same charge.

Lai has been behind bars since December 2020 and has served a 20-month prison term for two other charges relating to his alleged involvement with unauthorized demonstrations. He is awaiting trial on national security charges, for which he faces life imprisonment; proceedings are expected to begin on December 1.

In 2021, Lai received CPJ’s Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award in recognition of his extraordinary and sustained commitment to press freedom.

China was the world’s worst jailer of journalists in 2021, according to CPJ’s December 1 prison census. It was also the first time that journalists in Hong Kong appeared on CPJ’s census.

smartnews
Smart News Liberia is an online news outlet and a product of Smart Media Group Inc. Our website, smartnewsliberia.com, covers a broad spectrum of news content. For inquiries or information, you can reach us at 0777425285 or 0886946925, or email us at smartnewsliberia@gmail.com or info@smartnewsliberia.com.

LATEST DEVELOPMENT

ALLEGATIONS OF CORRUPTION SURFACE IN BOAKAI GOVERNMENT’S INFRASTRUCTURE EQUIPMENT DEAL

MONROVIA – A staunch supporter of President Joseph Nyuma...

INVESTIGATION REVEALS POSSIBLE FRAUD IN US$25 MILLION FOREX INFUSION BY PREVIOUS CDC GOVERNMENT

MONROVIA, LIBERIA – A recent investigation has uncovered significant...

HASSAN BILITY RESPONDS TO ACCUSATIONS OF MANIPULATING WITNESSES IN WAR CRIMES CASES

MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Hassan Bility, Executive Director of the...

EXECUTIVE MANSION’S SILENCE ON DEAL WITH BUSINESSMAN ROBERT GUMEDE UNDER FIRE

MONROVIA — In a controversial move that has left...

PRESS SECRETARY KULA FOFANA’S UNPROFESSIONAL CONDUCT DEMANDS IMMEDIATE ACTION

The recent turmoil between the reporters assigned to the...

ENSURING ACCOUNTABILITY AND IMPACT IN PRESIDENT BOAKAI’S FIRST CABINET RETREAT

Today marks the commencement of the Unity Party administration's...

URGENT ACTION NEEDED: ADDRESSING THE SEWAGE CRISIS IN CENTRAL MONROVIA

The ongoing issue of sewage leaking into the streets...

PRES. BOAKAI’S LEADERSHIP UNDER SCRUTINY AMID CENTRAL BANK OF LIBERIA CORRUPTION SCANDAL

The recent revelations of large-scale looting at the Central...

COMMENTARY

THERE SHOULD BE NO BIG DEAL WHEN A GOVERNMENT DOES WHAT IT WAS ELECTED FOR…

A Patriot's Diary  With Ekena Nyankun Juahgbe-Droh Wesley  President Joseph Boakai's...

EVALUATING THE IMPACT OF THE UNITY PARTY GOVERNMENT’S 3-DAY RETREAT

As the Unity Party administration, under President Joseph Nyuma...

PRESIDENT BOAKAI ADDRESSES LOOMING RICE PRICE HIKE WITH KEY STAKEHOLDERS

In response to growing concerns regarding the potential surge...

 NATIONAL UNIFICATION DAY: REFLECTING ON LIBERIA’S JOURNEY TOWARDS UNITY

National Unification Day in Liberia, celebrated on May 14th,...

LATEST NEWS

NEC YET TO RECEIVE OVER US$3.2M NEEDED TO CONDUCT 2023 ELECTIONS

MONROVIA – Liberia’s National Elections Commission (NEC) chairperson, Madam...

Share post:

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

OPINION

LACK OF TRANSPARENCY IN UP-LED GOVERNMENT’S DEAL RAISES SERIOUS CONCERNS

In a shocking and controversial move, the Unity Party...

THE PERILS OF PRAISE SINGING: HOW JOURNALISTIC INTEGRITY IS ESSENTIAL FOR ACCOUNTABILITY IN LIBERIA

Journalists play a crucial role in holding public officials...

AN OPINION: COMMENDING THE EMBASSY OF SWEDEN, SIDA, AND CENTAL FOR CHAMPIONING ANTI-CORRUPTION EFFORTS IN LIBERIA

An Opinion By Socrates Smythe Saywon The recent one-day Anti-corruption...

AN OPINION: ADDRESSING BRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIES’ DEVASTATING IMPACT ON EDUCATION

An Opinion By Socrates Smythe Saywon The presence and operations...

THE GALLERY

spot_imgspot_img

MORE ARTICLES

spot_imgspot_img

MORE NEWS

LATEST DEVELOPMENT NEWS

LATEST CRIME NEWS

Share via
Copy link