EU urges respect for human rights and press freedom in Hong Kong

The European Union urged respect for human rights and freedom of expression in Hong Kong on Monday, after the arrest of pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai.

"The recent arrests of , members of his family and other individuals, and the raid on the offices of newspaper Apple Daily, under allegations of collusion with foreign forces, further stoke fears that the National Security Law is being used to stifle and of the media in ," European Commission foreign affairs spokesman Peter Stano said in a statement.

"The recalls that the respect for and fundamental freedoms is a central element of the Basic Law and the 'one country, two systems' principle."

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