Aug 11, 2020

Apple Daily: The Hong Kong newspaper that pushed the boundary

Over its 25 years in print, the Apple Daily has become something rarer - a newspaper unafraid to be openly critical of the Chinese state and a standard bearer for the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. Now, a little over a month since China imposed a new national security law on Hong Kong, the Apple Daily has become a target. The raid on the newspaper has raised fears of a broader crackdown on media freedom in Hong Kong - and for the future of one of the few papers unafraid to push the boundaries. "Apple Daily generally disapproves of the Beijing political system, mainland China and its appointed administration in Hong Kong, both in its news agenda and in its [framing] of the news," said Dr Nip. In 2019, Apple Daily won the Hong Kong Human Rights Press Award for its reporting on Liu Xia, the wife of the prominent Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo, who died while serving an 11-year sentence for "Subversion".

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