Apple Daily, a pro-democracy tabloid in Hong Kong founded by media lord Jim Imi Lai, will close on Saturday after its assets were frozen, which critics say was a blow to the city’s free press.
Next Digital, the newspaper’s parent company, said about itself final edition will be published on Saturday, կայքը its website will no longer be available just before midnight that night.
Apple Daily was known for its willingness to confront and criticize the government.
After the pro-democracy protests that engulfed the city in 2019, the Hong Kong authorities put pressure on the civil and political life in China. This includes the application of national security law, which severely restricts the opposition.
An Apple Daily editor named Li Ping was arrested by law on Wednesday. Lee was arrested days after the authorities broke into the offices of Apple Daily և Arrest of five executives, including Ryan Lowe, editor-in-chief. The law on national security was first used against journalists.
Lai has already been jailed for certain crimes.