At the city’s many newsstands, Hong Kong residents queue up for the newspaper, which is now released in a much larger print collection. 500,000 copies were printed on Friday, compared to 80,000 the day before.
from Apple Daily It appeared on shelves again Friday with a typical letter of the resistance on the front page, saying, “We must go on.”
The editors chose a simple front page with photos of the five arrested executives and a clear headline that read: “National Security Police searched Apple, arrested five, seized 44 hard drives.”
The newspaper and its jailed owner Jimmy Lai have long been a thorn in Beijing’s side for their unwavering support for the pro-democracy movement in the financial center and their stinging criticism of China’s authoritarian leaders.
Editor-in-chief Ryan Lu and publisher Cheung Kim-hung, among others, The . have been arrested South China Morning Newspaper. According to the newspaper, about two hundred officers stormed the headquarters at about seven in the morning local time, and the operation was over by 1:30 in the afternoon. The officers searched, among other things, laptops and documents. Police said they are looking for evidence of incitement to foreign interference. Journalists were not allowed into the workplace and had to register before they could enter the building.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the arrests showed Beijing was using national security law to target dissidents. The minister noted that freedom of the press is one of the rights that China promised to protect in the treaty signed by China and the United Kingdom in 1984 regarding the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997. He called on the Chinese to respect this.