HK Press Freedom: An Apple a Day Keeps Beijing Away

HK Press Freedom: An Apple a Day Keeps Beijing Away

It’s a dark time for media freedom in Hong Kong. For many years, one of the things that set the financial hub apart from mainland China was its vibrant free press. Like many cornerstones of the “one country, two systems” agreement, however, it is being chipped away as Beijing clamps down on dissent in the city. Pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily might now have to close within days after its editor and directors were arrested last week. A controversial new national security law has been used to freeze the paper’s $2.3 million in assets and those arrested now face charges of “collusion” with foreign forces.