Home Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai was charged under a controversial national security law on Friday, police said, amid a crackdown on democracy activists in the city. Lai, 73, who is known for his support of the city’s democracy movement and criticism of mainland China, was charged on suspicion of colluding with foreign forces and endangering national security, according to Hong Kong police. He is the most high-profile person to be charged under the law, which was imposed by Beijing in June. The offense of colluding with foreign powers carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. Lai was arrested in August, on the same day that about 200 officers raided the newsroom of his pro-democracy tabloid Apple Daily, and seized scores of boxes of documents. Speaking to CNN at his home in Kowloon in August, Lai said his arrest was a “symbolic exercise” by local authorities to demonstrate the sweeping national security law imposed by Beijing had “teeth.” “There is always a price to pay. I have been fighting (for democracy) throughout the years,” he said, adding that he would continue to do so because “without freedom you have nothing left.” تنزيل (28)

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