Four intruders barged into the printing plant of the Hong Kong version of The Epoch Times within the early hours of April 12, damaging computer systems and printing tools. The assault is believed to be the most recent effort by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to silence The Epoch Times.
In an assault on the identical facility in November 2019, 4 masked males set fire to 2 printing presses. The perpetrators behind the arson assault have remained at giant.
Cheryl Ng, a spokeswoman for the Hong Kong version, mentioned the intrusion was attribute of the CCP and had the purpose of silencing an unbiased outlet from reporting on matters which can be taboo to the communist regime.
Ng condemned the assault and mentioned it was against the law in opposition to Hong Kong’s freedom of speech.
The Epoch Times, one of many few unbiased media shops in Hong Kong, is thought for its uncensored protection of China, together with political infighting inside the CCP, the regime’s human rights violations in opposition to ethnic minorities and non secular teams, and Beijing’s propaganda and affect operations overseas.
The Hong Kong version has additionally offered in depth unbiased protection of the town’s pro-democracy motion, which began in June 2019 however subsided in July final 12 months when Beijing imposed a draconian national security law on the China-ruled metropolis. The legislation has additional stripped away Hong Kong’s dwindling autonomy, specifically the town’s press freedom.
In an announcement, the Hong Kong version of The Epoch Times condemned the CCP for creating “white terror” in Hong Kong, whereas calling on the worldwide group to watch Hong Kong’s freedom of speech, which is beneath siege by the communist regime.
About 4:38 a.m. on Sunday a feminine worker of the printing press returned to the print store, the place she noticed a person in his 30s chatting on his cellphone standing close by.
When the worker tried to drag closed the sliding door, the person out of the blue walked up and stood within the door, stopping it from being closed.
The man then angrily questioned the feminine worker, asking her to have Mr. Chu come out and meet him. In response, the worker mentioned there was no such particular person, however the man refused to stroll away.
All of a sudden, three different males confirmed up and pushed their approach into the printing plant. Two of them carried sledge hammers, and one among them carried a plastic bag with a knife in it.
They shouted at one other print store worker: “Go away, Go away. It is none of your business. Go away. Don’t force me to do anything.”
After barging in, the lads began smashing the printing press tools with their sledge hammers. Among the gadgets broken had been the printing press’s central management panel and a number of other computer systems. One of the lads additionally tossed building particles from his bag onto the tools. They then fled in a white van.
The intrusion was captured on video. It lasted about two minutes, and all 4 males had been carrying masks. When the lads left they stole a pc.
The printing plant employees then referred to as the police, who arrived shortly afterward.
The printing press, established in February 2006, has been attacked four previous times.
In February 2006, thugs broke into it and broken the newly bought printing tools.
In October 2012, thugs tried to interrupt into the print store however couldn’t smash open the gate. In December 2012, seven males carrying a number of toolboxes appeared and started trying to interrupt by the gate. They fled after police had been referred to as.
The arson attack, which occurred on Nov. 19, 2019, resulted in estimated damages of over $40,000. That day 4 people, who wearing black in an obvious try and disguise themselves as Hong Kong democracy protesters, lit a fireplace inflicting the warehouse’s sprinkler system to activate.
Several U.S. senators, in addition to rights teams Reporters Without Border and the Committee to Protect Journalists, and the Foreign Correspondents Club in Hong Kong, all spoke in opposition to the arson assault.
Ng mentioned that the Hong Kong version of The Epoch Times won’t bow to violent threats, and is within the technique of fixing broken tools. She expressed hope that the Hong Kong police will resolve the case and convey the 4 males to justice.
She urged Hongkongers to proceed to help the newspaper.
From The Epoch Times