Fung Wai-kong 馮偉光 (aka Lo Fung 盧峯)
Date of Birth:
Apple Daily 7; Journalist
Fung Wai-kong is the former managing editor of the English edition of Apple Daily, a subsidiary of the media company Next Digital Limited from 1995 to 2021. Fung started to write for the paper’s editorial columns under penname “Lo Fung” since 1997.
Fung was arrested on June 27, 2021, at Hong Kong International Airport on suspicion of “colluding with a foreign country or with external elements to endanger national security,” a crime under Hong Kong’s national security law. According to reports, Fung was believed to be leaving Hong Kong to the United Kingdom.
Two weeks prior, on June 16, 2021, Hong Kong Police arrested five Apple Daily executives. 500 police officers raided Next Digital’s headquarters with a search warrant. Police searched news materials and evidence for a suspected violation of the National Security Law. Three of them, Chan Pui Man, Royston Chow, and Cheung Chi-wai were released on bail on June 18, after 40 hours of detention.
On June 23, police also arrested the lead editorial writer Yeung Ching-kee, who wrote under the pen name Li Ping, on the same charge. Yeung and Fung were released on bail on June 25 and 29, respectively. But on July 21, police revoked the bails and rearrested all five executives that had been released, as they had also arrested Apple Daily’s Executive Editor-in-Chief Lam Man-chung.
Prosecutors accused Founder of Next Digital and Apple Daily Jimmy Lai, the six executives, and three Next Digital subsidiaries––Apple Daily Limited, Apple Daily Printing Limited, and AD Internet Limited––of endangering national security by engaging with foreign countries, institutions, organizations, or individuals overseas on sanction and other hostile activities against Hong Kong or China.
On Nov. 22, 2022, the six pled guilty to the collusion charge. Prosecutors agreed not to pursue the sedition charge, however the charge remains on the court file indefinitely. Mitigation submissions and sentencing of the six will be handled after Lai’s trial.
Charges / Convicted Crimes
Conspiracy to commit collusion with a foreign country or with external elements
Nov. 22, 2022: Plead guilty; Convicted; Awaiting sentencing.
Conspiracy to publish seditious publication
Nov. 22, 2022: Prosecutors agreed not to pursue the charge, leaving it on court file (meaning the charge can be recalled under judge’s approval.)
July 21, 2021
Currently held at the Lai Chi Kok Reception Center, Fung is awaiting sentence which will be handled after Jimmy Lai’s trial.