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Hong Kong's last pro-democracy paper publishes final edition

 

 

 

The Second Cold War.

 

 

Apple Daily, Hong Kong’s only remaining pro-democracy newspaper shuts down after police raid last week (msn.com)

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One week after police in Hong Kong raided the newsroom of the Apple Daily, the Chinese territory’s final pro-democracy publication, the newspaper published its final edition on Thursday. In a statement, the board of directors said that both print and online editions would end because of “the current circumstances prevailing in Hong Kong.”

The newspaper, known for its outspoken criticisms of Beijing and the Chinese Communist Party, was founded by Jimmy Lai in 1995, two years before Britain gave Hong Kong back to China.  Last week, police arrested the newspaper’s editor along with four other executives for allegedly violating China’s controversial 2019 national security law. The Hong Kong security bureau also froze $2.3 million of the paper’s assets.

“It’s difficult to let go after 26 years,”  an Apple Daily spokesman said, " but we feel compelled to shut down out of fear for the safety of our employees ."

Tong Ying-kit pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges including terrorism and inciting secession after he allegedly drove his motorcycle into police officers in 2019 while carrying a banner that read “Liberate Hong Kong, the revolution of out times.”

Contrary to Hong Kong judicial norms, Tong’s trial will not include a jury in the High Court. If convicted, his sentence isn’t capped. He could be imprisoned indefinitely.

 

 

 

 

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