Date
22 August 2017
Next Media employees hold placards in support of free speech as protesters continued to block access to their building Monday. On Tuesday, the High Court issued a restraining order against the protesters. Photo: Next Media Trade Union
Next Media employees hold placards in support of free speech as protesters continued to block access to their building Monday. On Tuesday, the High Court issued a restraining order against the protesters. Photo: Next Media Trade Union

High Court orders protesters out of Apple Daily premises

Hong Kong’s High Court has ordered protesters camped outside Next Media, the publisher of Apple Daily, to stop their occupation of the premises.

A judge issued a restraining order early Tuesday morning, citing the importance of free speech and saying it will not hesitate to uphold it.

The order came after the company asked the High Court to stop the occupiers from blocking entrances to the building and harassing employees, Ming Pao Daily reported.

Dozens of protesters opposed to the democracy protests in which Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai is a key figure have set up tents outside the company headquarters in Tseung Kwan O.

They have been occupying two entrances since Sunday, the report said.

Executive chief editor Chan Pui-man said Lai, several company executives and employees received more than 200 threatening calls on Monday, some from overseas and others from anonymous parties.

Also, the company website was attacked by suspected hackers on Monday, preventing employees from logging in for three hours that day. Internal e-mail was also down.

The Next Media employees union condemned the occupation in a statement, saying the protesters’ actions will only strengthen its resolve to continue with its work.

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