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Hongkong Pro-democracy Apple Daily closing operations

Pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily in Hongkong has announced it is closing operation making June 24 the last day of publication. The decision came after staffers have been detained and company´s assets blocked.

The newspapers offices were raided last week with authorities saying that several reports had breached national security law.

The management on June 23 said that “in view of staff members’ safety”, it had decided “to cease operation immediately after midnight.

The Committee to Protect Journalists recently announced that the newspaper´s imprisoned founder, Jimmy Lai, will be awarded the 2021 Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award. The award is presented annually to recognize extraordinary and sustained commitment to press freedom.

“Jimmy Lai is not just a champion of a free press, he is a press freedom warrior. He fights for the right of his Apple News organization to publish freely, even as China and its backers in Hong Kong use every tool to quash them,” said Kathleen Carroll, chair of CPJ’s board. “The CPJ board is pleased to honor Jimmy Lai with the 2021 Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award. And we look forward to the day when we can present that award to him in person.”

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