Interview with Hong Kong Ringo Ilbo founder Tomohide Liu on bail

Interview with Hong Kong Ringo Ilbo founder Yoshihide Liu on bail September 12 at 7:30 a.m.

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The founder of the Hong Kong newspaper Ringo Ilbo, known for his critical tone on China, was arrested on suspicion of violating the Hong Kong National Security Maintenance Act and is on bail, Mr. Liu Chi-ei, in an interview with NHK, stressed his desire to continue to do his best to protect Hong Kong’s freedoms.

The founder of The Ringo Ilbo was arrested on 10 August on suspicion of violating the Hong Kong National Security Maintenance Act and subsequently released on bail for allegedly collusion with foreign forces to harm national security.

A Hong Kong newspaper, known for its China-to-China tone, says Mr Liu has helped a group on social media calling on foreign countries to impose sanctions on the Hong Kong government.

In an interview with NHK, Liu retorted, “We don’t provide financial support, and why it’s a collusion with foreign powers to communicate the current situation in Hong Kong and call for assistance,” and insisted that it was not in violation of the law.

He also criticized Hong Kong’s freedom of speech and assembly, noting that “there is a lot of room for convenient use in line with political intent” regarding the Hong Kong National Security Maintenance Act, and that “it is impossible to conduct large-scale demonstrations under this law.”

He also stated that “this law will undermine the rule of law and prevent investment activities from being followed,” and he said that not only freedom of speech and assembly but also the business environment will deteriorate, and companies and investors will move away from Hong Kong.

“The most important thing is for the international community to pay attention. That’s why people like me continue to speak out,” he said, stressing the idea that he would continue to do his best to protect Hong Kong’s freedoms.