Hong Kong’s newspaper Apple Daily: Hong Kong’s pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily will be closed| Hong Kong News Paper: Hong Kong’s pro-democracy newspaper ‘Apple Daily’ will be closed
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Hong Kong: Hong Kong’s pro-democracy newspaper ‘Apple Daily’ will be closed by this weekend. Its parent company made the announcement on Wednesday. The decision was taken following the arrests of five editors and executive officers of the newspaper and the seizure of $2.3 million in assets belonging to the newspaper. Because its print version and online version will be closed by Saturday.
The announcement comes as Beijing begins the first trial under a national security law enacted nearly a year ago. The move comes after the arrests that took place last week. Five editors and executives were arrested on suspicion of colluding with foreigners to endanger national security. Police cited more than 30 articles published by the newspaper as evidence of an alleged conspiracy to impose foreign sanctions on Hong Kong and China.
55-year-old man arrested on suspicion of collusion from abroad
The board of directors this week wrote to Hong Kong’s security bureau requesting it to release some of its funds so that the company can pay salaries. Earlier on Wednesday, police arrested a 55-year-old man on suspicion of collusion with foreign countries to endanger national security. Apple Daily quoted unnamed sources as saying that the man had written editorials for the newspaper.
The slogans were “Liberate Hong Kong, the revolution of our times”.
The police action against Apple Daily has been criticized by the US, the European Union and Britain, saying Hong Kong and Chinese authorities are targeting the city’s freedoms. Tong Ying Kitt on Wednesday faced trial for the first time under China’s national security law. He refused to accept charges of promoting terrorism and separatism. It is alleged that he had mounted a motorcycle on police officers while raising slogans at a rally in 2019. Several officers were killed and three received injuries. He raised the slogans “Liberate Hong Kong, the revolution of our times”.
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