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The Taiwan edition of the Hong Kong pro-democracy daily Apple Dailywhich has been closed for a year, has found a buyer and will keep most of its staff, the company announced on Wednesday June 8, pledging to continue to ” to speak out against all injustice “.
The daily Apple Daily of Hong Kong had been forced to close in June 2021, after the vote, the previous year, of a drastic law on the national security law imposed by China on Hong Kong to regain control in the territory after the demonstrations pro -democracy of 2019. The newspaper had previously suffered a search of its newsroom, the arrest of five of its leaders and the freezing of its assets. More than a thousand people, including 700 journalists, were left jobless.
Liquidation mid-December 2021
The liquidation of the parent company of theApple Daily, Next Digital Limited, was pronounced in mid-December 2021. The founder of the daily, the press magnate Jimmy Lai, is being prosecuted for harm to national security, as are six former executives of his newspaper. A financially independent subsidiary, the Taiwanese edition for its part continued to appear but stopped its paper version in May, 18 years after its foundation by Jimmy Lai today in prison.
In a statement on its website Wednesday, theApple Daily from Taiwan explains having completed an assignment “, adding that the identity of the buyer will be announced later. ” The majority of our colleagues will be transferred to the new employer and will retain their positions “, assures Ip Yut-kin, legal representative of the Taiwanese subsidiary quoted by the press release, specifying that he will be ” honorary president “.
” The original vocation ofApple Daily cannot be forgotten »
“ In reviewing what happened last year, our headquarters in Hong Kong suffered a storm unprecedented in the history of world information “, According to the press release. The freezing in Hong Kong of the assets of theApple Daily cut off the Taiwan edition, he continues, promising that ” the original vocation ofApple Daily cannot be forgotten ” and that'” he will always rise up against any injustice “.