Beijing shuts down pro-democracy newspaper in Hong Kong


By Jenny Goldsberry

Thursday saw The Apple Daily’s final newspaper in Hong Kong. This comes after Hong Kong officials froze the paper’s assets, raided the newsroom and arrested three editors at the request of Beijing. Its owner, Jimmy Lai, is already in jail and has been since last fall.

Secretary for Security John Lee defended the shutdown in a press conference last week. “The action targets the use of journalistic work as a tool to endanger national security,” Lee said. “Normal journalists are different from these people. Don’t have any relations with them and keep away from them.”

Apple Daily photojournalist and nine year veteran KT agrees: there are no other journalists brave enough to do what they did. Bloomberg News followed KT around for his final days working for the paper. “There will still be newspapers, there will still be press in Hong Kong,” KT told them in an interview. “But no one is daring enough to report political news.”

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