A radio journalist, Wan Yiu-sing, was arrested on Saturday, Nov. 21, with his wife by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) police, who used the controversial National Security Law to arrest him in Hong Kong. The journalist was accused of leading a fundraising campaign to finance the studies of young pro-democracy Hong Kongers in Taiwan. The CCP, using the new law, considers any action taken that aims to promote any kind of movement critical of the regime to be treason.
Wan Yiu-sing, known as “Giggs,” who hosts some programs on the D100 Internet radio channel, was recently arrested with his wife at their home in Hong Kong, his lawyer told the South China Morning Post (SCMP). He also said Wan was a new victim of the security law, accused of planning to “finance protesters” and for “inciting and financing secessionist activities.”
Wan’s radio program, also broadcast on Youtube, is called “A Thousand Fathers and Mothers: Taiwan’s Education Assistance Program,” and was launched in February 2020 to discuss issues in support of the anti-government and pro-democracy movement that Hong Kong citizens have been engaged in over the past year and beyond.
During the program, listeners were also asked to donate funds online to help with the education and living expenses of young people, mainly those fleeing to Taiwan.
According to SCMP, Police Commissioner Chris Tang Ping-keung in charge of the operation said, “We cannot reveal too many details for now, as an investigation is under way. But as the relevant laws have been clearly defined, do not break the law if you do not want to get arrested by police.”
The national security law, imposed in Hong Kong on June 30 by the CCP, says it aims to prevent, stop, and punish secession, subversion of state power, terrorism, and foreign interference.
However, international critics argue that the law also severely limits freedom of expression in Hong Kong, allowing authorities to apprehend Hong Kong suspects and try them in mainland China where complaints about the lack of minimum rights of expression abound.
In addition, the controversial law provides for the creation of a kind of secret police, acting directly under the orders of the CCP, placing the territory under the same authoritarian rules of mainland China.
Article 29 of the law specifically allows the prosecution of any person “who provokes hatred by illegal means among Hong Kong residents” toward the CCP or Hong Kong.
The Trump administration has pointed out and has taken concrete steps against the CCP, warning that the new security law does not uphold human rights or democracy in Hong Kong.
In early October, 39 U.N. member countries, including the United States, expressed “grave concern” about the Chinese Communist Party human rights violations, mainly in Xinjiang and Hong Kong.
“We are gravely concerned about the human rights situation in Xinjiang and recent developments in Hong Kong,” German Ambassador Christoph Heusgen said on Oct. 6 on behalf of 39 countries at the general debate of the Third Committee.
He concluded the statement by saying, “We also call on China to uphold autonomy, rights and freedoms in Hong Kong, and to respect the independence of the Hong Kong judiciary.”