Hong Kong's 'Apple Daily' signs off in painful farewell; Joe Biden reacts!

In the last edition of Apple Daily, on the front page, there was a photo of a staffer waving hands to supporters. Its headline was- 'Hong Kong residents said painful goodbyes in the rain'.

Yogita S.

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Published on 25 Jun 2021 4:35 AM GMT

Hong Kongs Apple Daily signs off in painful farewell; Joe Biden reacts!
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New Delhi: Hong Kong's 26-year-old pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily has been shut down. Its last edition was published on Thursday. People started reaching outside the newspaper office since night in the midst of rain, so that they could increase the enthusiasm of the staff. As soon as 8 o'clock in the morning, 10 lakh copies of the newspaper were sold.

10 Lakh copies sold on last day:

In the last edition of Apple Daily, on the front page, there was a photo of a staffer waving hands to supporters. Its headline was- 'Hong Kong residents said painful goodbyes in the rain'.

Let us tell you that this newspaper used to publish 80 thousand copies every day. The newspaper's graphics designer, Diction Ng, told Global Times- 'Today is our last day and this is the last edition. With this ending it has become clear that the freedom of the press in Hong Kong is coming to an end.

Closure of 'Apple Daily':

US President Joe Biden called it a sad day for media freedom in Hong Kong and around the world. According to a White House statement, the US president said Beijing used its power to suppress free media and silence dissenting views through arrests, threats and coercion through a stringent national security law punishing free speech.

US President Biden reacts:

President Biden said, "Independent media plays an important role in resilient and prosperous societies. Journalists are truth-tellers who hold politicians accountable and provide information freely. It is needed now more than ever in Hong Kong and around the world in places where democracy is at risk."

US President Joe Biden called on China to stop targeting the free press and to release detained journalists and media officials. He said that journalism is not a crime. Biden said, "People in Hong Kong have the right to freedom of the press. Instead, Beijing is denying basic freedoms and attacking Hong Kong's autonomy and democratic institutions and processes, which are inconsistent with its international obligations.

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Yogita S.

Yogita S.

She covers current News topics, keeps the audience updated with Buzz around the world. Also a PR Enthusiast.

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