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The editor of Apple Daily, Kong Kong’s pro-democracy newspaper, is on trial for the first time since his arrest under the city’s national security law.

Ryan Law, the editor-in-chief, stepped down alongside Cheung Kim-hung, CEO of Next Digital, in the area.

Chief Justice Victor So said there was insufficient reason to believe that they would not break the security law again and ordered that they are being held in Lai Chi Kok Detention Center.

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Three other people arrested Thursday – two senior editors from Apple Daily and one other senior executive – have not yet been charged and have been released on bail late Friday pending further investigation.

The Apple Daily has long been one of Hong Kong’s staunch defenders of civil liberties.

She supported massive protests calling for more democracy in 2019 and criticized the crackdown that followed, including the passing of a national security law last year.

The Central government in Beijing has defended the legislation and crackdown on opposition votes as necessary to restore order and stability.

The 2019 protests that challenged Beijing’s rule often started as peaceful marches during the day but became violent at night Clashes between hardcore protesters and the police.

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Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai is currently serving a 20-month prison sentence after being convicted of participating in unauthorized gatherings – rallies and marches that had not received police approval – during the 2019 protests .

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