Jimmy Lai, the Hong Kong media tycoon and owner of the newspaper Apple Daily, has been arrested for fraud and denied bail. Lai is a pro-democracy activist whose media outlet has been critical of the Chinese government and its efforts to impose sweeping national security measures over Hong Kong. Lai has been charged with fraud related to the building that serves as Apple Daily's headquarters. He was previously arrested in August and released on bail – he is now scheduled to be detained until April, when court proceedings will start.
- Lai has regularly attempted to rally support for Hong Kong democracy. Beijing has called him a traitor and criticized his visits to Washington, where he's met with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
- Two other executives from Lai's media company Next Digital, which publishes Apple Daily, were also arrested.
- The charges allege that Lai and his associates have been using the Apple Daily headquarters for illegal purposes not allowed under the terms of the lease.
- Hong Kong has experienced mass protests going back to June 2019 over what has been seen as encroachments on Hong Kong's tenuous autonomy from the Chinese government.