From his role as security chief during the 2019 protests and unrest, to his promotion to the city’s No. 2 position, ex-police officer John Lee finally rose to the top, becoming chief executive on July 1, 2022.
Several people arrested by national security police officers, former Stand News editor accused of sedition delivered testimony, and Beijing’s interpretation of the security law continued to stoke debate.
The Ombudsman nevertheless found “inadequacies” in the government’s handling of HKFP’s complaint about media restrictions, urging more staff training.
Change is inevitable in world developments, argues Tim Hamlett. “Perhaps the demographic trap will turn out to be a false alarm – all those missing workers replaced by microchips, maybe. But something else will come along. It always does.”
Beijing’s first interpretation of the national security law confirmed that authority over whether foreign lawyers could be hired for national security cases lay with the chief executive and a powerful committee. Here’s how we got here, and what it might mean for future trials.
New security law guidelines for teachers, a legal decision from Beijing empowering Hong Kong to bar foreign lawyers from security law trials, and VPNs disappear from Apple’s app store.