Radio Free Asia on August 10 reported that Hong Kong police seized four people for “seditious” social media posts related to a Facebook page titled “Civil servant secrets.” The incident occurred after a state-backed newspaper blamed the page for “inciting civil servants” and “smearing government policies and operations.”

The original page’s last public post showed a policeman leaving his gun unattended while napping on some chairs.

Two people apprehended are said to be the administrators of the group. This group had stopped posting on the arrested day, but afterward, it began at another address under the name “Civil servant secrets 2.0.”

The China-backed Wen Wei Po newspaper reported that the two others were the Fire Services Department members. They were suspected of having posted to the group. 

All four were bailed out on Wednesday, August 10; the Hong Kong Free Press cited police as saying.

Beijing-controlled newspapers Wen Wei Po and Ta Kung Pao also denounced the experts at Commercial Radio.

In its August 8 article on a complaint submitted by a pro-CCP group to the city’s Communications Authority regarding commercial radio, the paper said the group had reported that the station was “spreading poison” and “betraying Hong Kong.”

The government broadcaster RTHK’s former Headliner host, Tsang Chi-ho, claimed that the pro-Beijing press is now casting its net broader than ever.

Tsang told RFA, “This encompasses a very broad spectrum.” 

In the denunciation case of commercial television stations, Tsang said, “Leaving aside the political commentators, Poon Siu-to, Chip Tsao and others, they have even included Jan Lamb who is known as a comedian.”

He added, “Nobody thought they would be put in the same category, but now it seems they are.” 

Ronson Chan, the chairman of the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA), likewise expressed surprise at the identities listed in the article.

He said, “If they’re even going to rectify Jacky Lam, then we have a huge problem.” 

He said people denounced by pro-CCP media are likely to face investigation by police under the national security law imposed on the city by Beijing on July 1, 2020.

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