Hong Kong – Q&A from the press briefing (10 Aug. 2020)


Q. Do you have any comment on the arrest of the Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai under the guise of the security law?

A. We learned of Jimmy Lai’s arrest and detention in Hong Kong and of the search of the premises of his Apple Daily newspaper on the basis of the national security law.

France reaffirms its commitment to the freedom of the press and opinion worldwide. It demands that all of Mr. Lai’s rights be respected.

As the EU emphasized, respect for human rights and fundamental liberties is a central tenet of the Basic Law and the “one country two systems” principle.