Tracking the Impact of Hong Kong’s National Security Law

These charts are based on research by Lydia Wong, Eric Yan-ho Lai, and Thomas Kellogg. The charts are regularly updated, and earlier versions of these, along with analysis of the data, appear in “New Data Shows Hong Kong’s National Security Arrests Follow Pattern” and “Data on the arrests show that the national security law has dealt a severe blow to freedom of expression in Hong Kong.”

Deadline for data collection: June 26, 2022

NSL: The Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (National Security Law)
NSD: The National Security Department of the Hong Kong Police

Note: For several individuals listed in this dataset, information on reasons for arrest is unclear or not available; this means that the number of individuals represented in some graphs related to arrests may not correspond to the total number of arrests.

Note: Three companies, Apple Daily Limited, Apple Daily Printing Limited and AD Internet Limited, were charged and had their properties frozen under the NSL’s collusion provision on June 18, 2021. The Hong Kong Alliance at supporter of patriotic democratic movements in China was charged with inciting subversion and its assets were frozen under the NSL on September 9, 2021. Stand News was accused of publishing seditious material and the NSD was frozen its holdings on December 29, 2021. This database does not include legal entities.

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