Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested under Chinese security law

Hong Kong-based business tycoon and media giant Jimmy Lai has been arrested and his newspaper offices raided by police over allegations of collusion with foreign forces. He is 71-year-old.

His case is the most high-profile arrest so far under the controversial security law imposed by China in June, reports BBC. There are worldwide protests over the arrest of China’s latest attempt to silence their enemies.

Mr Lai, who also holds UK citizenship, has been a prominent pro-democracy voice and a supporter of protests that erupted last year over China’s controversial policies on Hong Kong. In February the 71-year-old, who also holds UK citizenship, was charged with illegal assembly and intimidation.

Meanwhile, Chinese state sponsored Global Times on Monday described Mr Lai as “riot supporter” and his publications as having been “instigating hatred, spreading rumors and smearing Hong Kong authorities and the mainland for years”.