Six Former Apple Daily Staff Plead Guilty to Conspiracy Charges 涉勾結外國勢力觸國安法 香港蘋果6名高層認罪

Six former staff of Hong Kong's now defunct pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily pleaded guilty on Tuesday (Nov. 22) to conspiracy to commit collusion with foreign forces, in one of the former British colony's biggest national security cases. 

The six include Cheung Kim-hung, who was chief executive of the newspaper's former owner, Next Digital, Apple Daily's former associate publisher Chan Pui-man, former editor-in-chief Ryan Law, former executive editor-in-chief Lam Man-chung, former English edition editor-in-chief Fung Wai-kong and former editorial writer Yeung Ching-kee. They pleaded guilty to conspiring with media tycoon Jimmy Lai and others to request a foreign country or organisation "to impose sanctions or blockade, or engage in other hostile activities" against the Hong Kong and Chinese governments between July 2020 and June 2021. All six and Lai, who is already in jail after being convicted for his role in an illegal assembly, were charged under new security laws imposed by Beijing in 2020.