On June 17th police in Hong Kong raided the newsroom of pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily and arrested its editor-in-chief and four executives on suspicion of conspiracy to collude with foreign forces. Around 500 police officers raided the headquarters of the he Apple Daily news forcing journalists to leave the office and seizing the computers. The Hong Kong authorities also froze the media outlet’s HK$18 million around US$2.3 million worth of assets. Taiwanese government described the raid as an attack on press freedom in Hong Kong. Cédric Alviani, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) East Asia bureau head said the raid and the arrests of the editor-in-chief and four executives show that the HK government will do anything in their power to silence one of the last independent media outlets and the press freedom in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Next Digital media group’s board of directors announced on June 23rd that Apple Daily will cease all its operations from June 27th due to the HK government’s decision to freeze its financial assets.RSF stated that they will take all necessary measures to safeguard the press freedom.
Forced closure of Apple Daily in HK
- 04 July, 2021
Cédric Alviani, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) East Asia bureau head (Screenshot from RSF website)
Raid on Apple Daily in HK (Screenshot from RSF website)
Hong Kong Apple Daily ceases operation on 24 (Photo by AFP)
Citizens of HK rushed to buy Apple Daily (Photo by AFP)
We stand with Apple Daily in HK (Screenshot from RSF twitter)