Jun 21, 2021

Apple Daily: HK pro-democracy paper could 'shut within days', says adviser

Hong Kong pro-democracy paper Apple Daily could be forced to shut down in a "Matter of days", said an adviser of the paper's jailed founder Jimmy Lai.Authorities last week froze HK$18m of assets owned by three companies linked to Apple Daily. Apple Daily, a well-read tabloid, is frequently critical of Hong Kong and mainland Chinese leadership. Last Thursday, some 500 police officers raided the offices of Apple Daily in Hong Kong, saying its reports had breached the national security law. Photos published online by Apple Daily showed police going through reporters' computers. In a press briefing later that day, police said that Apple Daily had published more than 30 articles calling on countries to impose sanctions on Hong Kong and mainland China since 2019.Jimmy Lai, the paper's founder, is currently in jail for a series of charges, including participating in an unauthorised assembly in 2019.Lai is one of the most prominent supporters of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement.

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