After getting stroppy over the HK Alliance’s refusal to hand over information on donors etc, the NatSec regime finds two more things to get hypersensitive and whiny about.
First, Digital Media board members resign and call for liquidation of the company. Their statement mentions that the authorities have used the National Security Law to freeze assets and arrest executives and writers – all with ‘no trials or convictions’. The directors express the hope that an orderly liquidation will enable staff and other stakeholders to be paid, and take the opportunity to thank Hong Kong people for supporting a free press while it was still allowed…
We are confident that the Company’s founder, majority shareholder and former chairman, Jimmy Lai, would join us in these expressions of gratitude if he were able to communicate from his prison cell.
…there is no such thing as Next Digital Limited being forced into liquidation due to a lack of funds arising from enforcement actions. By putting the blame of its operational decision on law enforcement actions, Next Digital Limited is trying to shift its responsibility, with law enforcement authorities which act in accordance with the law as scapegoat, and maliciously smearing the Hong Kong National Security Law.
Second, a pro-Beijing figure warns that the Democratic Party might be breaking the NatSec Law if it prevents members from running in the forthcoming elections. The NatSec regime is barring most pan-dems from elections through jailing, vetting or other means. Now it is worried that with none taking part, the charade might lack legitimacy. Make your mind up – do you want to silence opposition or not?
On more trivial matters, Variety on Nicole Kidman leaving the set of blockbuster TV production Expats because her 40-foot Winnebago with jacuzzi couldn’t find a parking space anywhere around Fa Yuen Street.