Date
24 November 2017
Next Media's editorial policy had nothing to do with last month's suspected hacking of its computers, according to Apple Daily chief editor Cheung Kim-hung. Photo: HKEJ
Next Media's editorial policy had nothing to do with last month's suspected hacking of its computers, according to Apple Daily chief editor Cheung Kim-hung. Photo: HKEJ

Next Media formally reports hacking case to police

Next Media has formally filed a report with the Hong Kong police relating to the suspected hacking of its computers last month.

The complaint was filed with the Tseung Kwan O police station on Wednesday, according to Apple Daily, the publisher’s flagship newspaper.

No arrests have been made, the report said.

The hacking resulted in a massive leak of private e-mails, including those from Next Media media chairman Jimmy Lai and his top aide Mark Simon.

The e-mails revealed that Lai funded democratic lawmakers and donated money to retired Hong Kong bishop Cardinal Joseph Zen and the Occupy Central movement, a pro-democracy civil disobedience group.

Lai donated HK$6 million (US$774,143) to Cardinal Zen in October 2012 and December 2013, according to the leaked documents.

Zen did not say whether he actually accepted any donation from Lai, only saying the donation had nothing to do with politics, the report said.

In 2011, Zen was reported to have received HK$20 million in donations from Lai from 2005 to 2010. He said the money was used to fund underground churches in the mainland.

Meanwhile, Apple Daily editor-in-chief Cheung Kim-hung said last month’s hacking incident was unrelated to the editorial policy of the newspaper.

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