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Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Apple Daily has shut down

In a statement on its website, publisher Next Digital justifies the closure of the tabloid – which has been in existence for 26 years – with “the current situation in Hong Kong, writes Reuters.

With around 600 journalists, the newspaper was a mixture of gossip magazine and a venue for pro-democracy debates, while examining those in power.

Last week the police froze the assets For subsidiaries of the newspaper, five executives were arrested.

On Wednesday, a columnist was arrested on charges of “conspiring and collaborating with foreign powers”.

According to the authorities, dozens of Apple Daily items may have violated Hong Kong’s security laws.

The action against the newspaper can be seen As part of stifling the democratic movement in Hong Kong, in the same way as the introduction of framed security laws.

When the journal ceases to be published on paper, it will also not be updated online.

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