Jun 24, 2021

Apple Daily: Hong Kong bids emotional farewell to pro-democracy paper

Thousands across Hong Kong rushed to snap up the final edition of pro-democracy paper Apple Daily, which closed its doors after 26 years. In response, Apple Daily staff ducked out of their offices to stand at balconies and windows, waving flashlights and shouting "Thank you Hong Kong" to the crowds outside. Hong Kong authorities have dismissed that they're stifling press freedom, saying they had not forced the paper to shut down. China introduced the national security law in Hong Kong last year in response to massive pro-democracy protests that swept through the administrative region over the past years. The law essentially reduced Hong Kong's judicial autonomy and made it easier to punish demonstrators and activists.

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