Hong Kong Media Tycoon Jimmy Lai Found Not Guilty In Intimidation Trial

Media mogul was accused of intimidating rival photojournalist three years ago.

Sohil Nikam

September 3, 2020

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Hong Kong media tycoon, Jimmy Lai who was arrested last month under the country’s controversial new national security law, has received major relief in another case based on an incident that happened in 2017. A court has declared the pro-democracy activist not guilty of criminal intimidation in the case involving a photojournalist from rival newspaper, Oriental Daily News. The incident of alleged intimidation had taken place during an annual candlelight vigil to mark the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.

It’s no surprise that this old case against Jimmy Lai was only registered against him this February when protests against Beijing’s controversial national security law were at their peak. Last month, the world was shocked by his arrest under the China-imposed national security law. His newspaper, Apple Daily is known for its pro-democracy stance and its popularity is hard to ignore for China. Lai has been travelling around the world these past few months, garnering support for Hong Kong’s withering democracy.

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