Hong Kong’s pro-democracy newspaper may stop publication this week

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The parent company of the Hong Kong pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily will decide this week whether to close the post.

The newspaper’s apparently imminent shutdown comes just days after authorities froze $ 2.3 million of its assets last week, shortly after more than 500 police raided Apple Daily offices and arrested its editor, Ryan Law, and four other executives from the newspaper and Next Digital.

Mark Simon, adviser to jailed Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai, told media executives of Next Digital are planning to hold a board meeting on Monday to discuss the situation.

Lai and General Manager Cheung Kim-hung were charged with colluding with a foreign country and denied bail. The newspaper’s offices were raided last August after Lai was arrested at his home on suspicion of foreign collusion.

Anyone suspected of committing acts of terrorism, separatism, subversion of state power or collusion with foreign forces could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted under the law.

Apple Daily and its 73-year-old owner have been the target of authorities in Hong Kong since China imposed a strict national security law last June in response to massive and sometimes violent anti-government protests of 2019.

Lai is currently serving a 14-month prison sentence for participating in separate unauthorized gatherings in 2019. His holdings in Next Digital were frozen by the government last month.


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