Several senior Republican Party leaders have protested since six current and former employees of Stand News, one of the last pro-democracy online newspapers in Hong Kong, were arrested by the CCP on Dec. 29, 2021.
Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Twitter on Wednesday that he is “very concerned about the shutdown of Stand News and related arrests in Hong Kong. A confident government that is unafraid of the truth embraces a free press. We call on the Hong Kong authorities to stop targeting the independent media and release those unjustly detained.”
According to an email sent to Fox News Digital, the Hong Kong police action reflects the communist party’s fear of the free press. Tom Cotton, Republican Senator of Arkansas, wrote:
“What the Chinese Communist Party fears most is the world knowing the truth about its crimes. This Orwellian crackdown on non-party sanctioned outlets shows just how fearful they really are.”
Stand News started as a non-profit in 2014 and was involved during Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests in 2019.
The seven people arrested on Wednesday were suspected of planning to publish “seditious publications,” according to police. Under the National Security Law, the CCP regime can ‘manage’ the law at will to impose its power.
Senator Hawley tweeted, “The free press has played a critical role in Hong Kong’s continued fight for freedom and these arrests are a shameful reminder of Beijing’s quest for power. I will continue to fight to hold the CCP accountable.”
“The free press has played a critical role in Hong Kong’s continued fight for freedom and these arrests are a shameful reminder of Beijing’s quest for power. I will continue to fight to hold the CCP accountable,” said Senator Hawley. https://t.co/tnLJLTXruE— Senator Hawley Press Office (@SenHawleyPress) December 30, 2021
Senator Marsha Blackburn, speaking out against the Hong Kong government’s attack on freedom of expression, sent an email on Wednesday, said, “Communist China will arrest, harass and threaten anyone who dares to speak the truth. We must stand with democracy, Hong Kong, and those in the fight to preserve freedoms from the Chinese Communist Party.”
In June 2020, the Communist Party of China passed the National Security Law to stop pro-democracy rallies in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong officials have been cracking down on organizations that they believe pose a danger to the government since the law was enacted.
In response to China’s violations of human rights, Australia, Canada, Lithuania, the United Kingdom, and the United States have announced a “diplomatic boycott” of the Olympics. Apple Daily and Stand News, long-time advocates of Hong Kong democracy, have become a source of concern for the CCP.