Date
18 December 2017
Masked men used steel barricades and concrete to break the glass door of the Legco building and gain entry early on Wednesday. Leung Kam-cheung (inset), chief editor of online news website Local Press, was arrested in connection with the break-in. Photos:
Masked men used steel barricades and concrete to break the glass door of the Legco building and gain entry early on Wednesday. Leung Kam-cheung (inset), chief editor of online news website Local Press, was arrested in connection with the break-in. Photos:

Online media editor arrested over Legco storming

Police have arrested four more people in connection with the storming of the Legislative Council building on Wednesday, Ming Pao Daily reported. Six were arrested earlier.

The new arrests included Leung Kam-cheung, chief editor of online news website Local Press, and a member of the activist group Civic Passion, the report said.

The newspaper quoted sources as saying that Leung, 54, was suspected of having planned the break-in. Local Press announced on its web page at 8pm Thursday that its chief editor was arrested. Leung is also the founder of web radio channel MyRadio.

Civic Passion official Wong Yeung-tat confirmed that a fellow member was among those arrested on Thursday.

He said the member had revealed his intention to break into the Legco building on online discussion boards.

Wong said his group did not plan nor support the action, although he appreciated the courage of those who participated.

Legislative Councilor Raymond Wong Yuk-man said Leung is an international journalist and was covering the event as a reporter. In arresting him, Hong Kong police were infringing on press freedom, he said.

Leung sent out an SMS at 4:56 p.m. Thursday, saying “I am arrested please spread”, according to the newspaper. Local Press stressed that Leung was wearing a reporter’s badge throughout the event.

Raymond Wong said the arrest was ridiculous, noting that Leung had been seen covering news events at the Occupy protest sites almost every day.

Leung was the chief editor of Mad Dog Daily, a tabloid with a clear “anti-communist” stance, the report said. It was founded by Raymond Wong in 1996 but suspended operations the following year.

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