Media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been sentenced to 14 months in prison after he was found guilty of unauthorised assembly.

The Hong Kong pro-democracy media personality was one of several activists in court on Friday who were earlier found guilty of charges relating to large pro-democracy demonstrations in 2019, BBC reports.

Lai, 73, is also known as a fierce critic of Beijing and founder of Apple Daily. He was sentenced to 12 months for the 18 August demonstration and another eight months for 31 August.

Hong Kong’s rights and freedoms has been recorded as a consistent matter of concern before the verdict was pronounced.

Apart from Lai, several other activists were sentenced on Friday for participating in two demonstrations that occurred on 18 August and 31 August 2019.

They include veteran campaigner Martin Lee, 82, and lawyer Margaret Ng, 73, whose sentences were suspended.

Despite the decision of the government, Lai is still showing passion for his job with his Apple Daily newspaper. Earlier this week, he published a handwritten letter sent from prison, which read:

“It is our responsibility as journalists to seek justice. As long as we are not blinded by unjust temptations, as long as we do not let evil get its way through us, we are fulfilling our responsibility.”

Mr Lai faces eight charges in total, two of which were imposed under the country’s new National Security Law, which can carry a maximum term of life in prison.