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Opinion | What China Did to Apple Daily, It Could Do to Any Company

Beijing uses the odious National Security Law to silence Hong Kong’s feisty voice for freedom.

6/25/2021 9:00:00 AM

From WSJopinion: Apple Daily ’s death at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party is a warning of what can happen to any company in Hong Kong, write crovitz and Mark L. Clifford

Beijing uses the odious National Security Law to silence Hong Kong’s feisty voice for freedom.

June 23, 2021 5:55 pm ETJimmy Lai started the Apple Daily newspaper in 1995 to defend the Hong Kong way of life before the 1997 handover to China. Its inaugural launch editorial declared: “We are convinced that Hongkongers who are accustomed to freedom will not stay silent in the face of unreasonable restrictions and unfair treatments, for Hongkongers are born with a passion for freedom.” Apple Daily journalists pledged to “stick to our posts and work hard, to be proud Hongkongers through and through.”

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That was before the Chinese Communist Party last year forced Hong Kong under the boot of its National Security Law, which this week took down Apple Daily. Its crime was being the most popular source of news and opinion focused on Hong Kong values such as the rule of law, free markets and the free flow of information. The newspaper’s demise mirrors the experience of the Hong Kong people as Beijing deploys the National Security Law to exert control over the territory. Hundreds have been arrested under the repressive law, including longtime legislators.

As members of the board of Next Digital Ltd. , the publicly traded company that operates Apple Daily, we voted Wednesday to close down the paper after the Hong Kong authorities used the law to freeze the company’s assets without a trial or even a court order. The freeze makes it impossible for the company to pay its staff, buy ink or keep the electricity on.

Hong Kong authorities had already jailed Mr. Lai, who is now serving a 20-month prison term for participating in an assembly that was deemed unlawful. Some 500 armed police raided the Apple Daily offices last week. They arrested Next Digital’s CEO and Apple Daily’s editor in chief and denied bail to both; the chief editorial writer was arrested this week.

The way the authorities undermined the functioning of equity markets, property rights and contracts is a warning for other companies that are publicly traded in Hong Kong or simply doing business there. Read more: The Wall Street Journal »

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Taiwan condemns closure of Hong Kong's Apple DailyTaiwan condemned the closure of Hong Kong's most vocal pro-democracy newspaper the Apple Daily on Thursday as 'political oppression' of the Chinese-run city's media, saying it sounded the death knell for freedom of speech and the media. thanks 如丧考妣! A province condemn Center。。 funny!

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Last edition of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily sells outBy 8:30 a.m., Apply Daily's final edition of 1 million copies was sold out across most of the city's newsstands. The newspaper said it would cease operations... For all those who are new to this working from home Bitcoin trading options Here's a little tip: Get a trusted Bitcoin expert and stick to her Alex_jnns01 Invest and play at similar times each day. Because : In times of chaos, your investment is your anchor to success 😶 Not surprised the Chinese Communist Party which is a political monopoly has forced a pro democracy newspaper to shut down. It’s an obvious threat to their 1 party rule.

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Hong Kong's Next Digital says Apple Daily newspaper to end by SaturdayHong Kong's pro-democracy tabloid Apple Daily will stop operating no later than Saturday, its publisher says, after national security police arrested another of its employees. This was what would have happened under Trump in term 2 That’s exactly what trump tried to do on several occasions but for the laws we have in place for free press. Free press gives Americans insight into the workings of our government & population to hold all accountable w/ facts to back it up! A dictator would call news fake!

Hong Kong's Next Digital says Apple Daily newspaper to end on SaturdayJailed Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai's Next Digital said on Wednesday that due to the prevailing circumstances in the city its Apple Daily newspaper will come to an end no later than Saturday. The statement came after 500 Hong Kong police took part in a raid that saw officers sift through reporters' computers and notebooks at Next Digital's pro-democracy tabloid Apple Daily , the first case in which authorities have cited media articles as potentially violating the national security law . (Reporting By Jessie Pang; Editing by Andrew Heavens) TotemFreedom Update: 1 more staffs was arrested this morning. Hence, AppleDaily close today to protect their staff 😢 It is because CCP and HKGov make me waking up. 蘋果,感謝你們依26年喺香港既貢獻 Thank you Apple Daily. Support AppleDaily Respect AppleDaily FreeJimmyLai NationalSecurityLaw CCP_is_terrorist FreeHongKong StandWithHongKong Will the people die if they have other voices? CCP_is_terrorists StandWithHongKong

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