HK pro-democracy paper Apple Daily announces closure

HK pro-democracy paper Apple Daily announces closure
# 23 June 2021 11:41 (UTC +04:00)

Hong Kong's largest pro-democracy paper Apple Daily has announced its closure, in a major blow to media freedom in the city.

The publication's offices were raided last week over allegations that several reports had breached the city's controversial national security law. Company-linked assets worth $18m (£2.3m; £1.64m) were later frozen. Police also detained its chief editor and five other executives. Its founder Jimmy Lai is already in jail on a string of charges.

The tabloid was known to be critical of the Hong Kong and China leadership.

Apple Daily had earlier said it would decide whether or not to close the publication at a meeting on Friday, but the announcement by its parent company was made on Wednesday instead.

It also revealed that it only had enough cash to continue normal operations for "several weeks".

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