/ 22 June 2021

Hong Kong paper to close ‘in a matter of days’

That’s according to Mark Simon, an adviser to the jailed owner of Hong Kong’s biggest pro-democracy newspaper Jimmy Lai. The warning comes days after 500 police officers raided Apple Daily’s offices and arrested its editor-in-chief and 4 others, as well as freezing the assets of the parent company. Under siege and now strapped for cash, the publication could be forced to shut its doors this week. “If you don’t have money, you can’t order services. Most importantly, you can’t promise to pay people when you don’t have access to the cash to cover those expenses. That’s illegal in Hong Kong,” Simon said. Apple Daily has been targeted by China and accused of breaching a national security law by publishing articles calling on the world to impose sanctions on President Xi Jinping’s regime for breaching Hong Kong’s autonomy. #SquizShortcuts

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