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hannah9898
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Hong Kong Apple Daily shuts down

Wed Jun 23, 2021 7:23 am

Breaking: Hong Kong Apple Daily, a pro-democracy paper shuts down after assets freeze in major blow to media freedom. BBC News reports. Your opinion on this?

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-57578926
 
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Aaron747
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Re: Hong Kong Apple Daily shuts down

Wed Jun 23, 2021 7:34 am

hannah9898 wrote:
Breaking: Hong Kong Apple Daily, a pro-democracy paper shuts down after assets freeze in major blow to media freedom. BBC News reports. Your opinion on this?

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-57578926


Not good at all...HKers should be seriously thinking about what they plan to do long-term if they aren’t already.
 
UAUA
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Re: Hong Kong Apple Daily shuts down

Wed Jun 23, 2021 7:52 am

No chance to save it?

Well they can still move to Taiwan or the UK and continue.
 
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Re: Hong Kong Apple Daily shuts down

Wed Jun 23, 2021 9:24 am

UAUA wrote:
No chance to save it?

Well they can still move to Taiwan or the UK and continue.

The Taiwanese edition of Apple Daily will still operate, but it won't have all its HK staff and local coverage for news in Hong Kong
 
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Re: Hong Kong Apple Daily shuts down

Wed Jun 23, 2021 9:57 am

For Americans that want to understand the implication of this - an theoretical equivalent of such shutdown would be a Dem govt shutting Fox News down just bc Fox called for the removal of such president (and v.v.)

For more background - this IMHO is ultimately an abuse of power (but then, HKgov had been doing that for awhile now) and also personal revenge just bc some of those worthless HK officials are being sanctioned (deservingly so) by US Govt right now. It is also a wait and see for some of the (much) smaller pro-Dem online-only media, such as Stand News, as the HKgov is willing to go totally nuts just for more control.

The bottom line is, if HKgov really think they can sway the opinion of people just by shutting down a newspaper, go ahead. At the end of the day they are still a total worthless govt that can't govern anything and is killing the city by minutes.
 
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Re: Hong Kong Apple Daily shuts down

Wed Jun 23, 2021 2:19 pm

Aaron747 wrote:
Not good at all...HKers should be seriously thinking about what they plan to do long-term if they aren’t already.


There have been a lot of Hong Kongers with Australian Citizenship or permament residency moving back here over the past couple of years, and a few pro-democracy activists have claimed asylum as well.

A good number of these people originally migrated before the handover to obtain PR or Citizenship as a 'plan B', which they are sadly now having to activate....
 
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Re: Hong Kong Apple Daily shuts down

Wed Jun 23, 2021 2:59 pm

zakuivcustom wrote:
For Americans that want to understand the implication of this - an theoretical equivalent of such shutdown would be a Dem govt shutting Fox News down just bc Fox called for the removal of such president (and v.v.)

For more background - this IMHO is ultimately an abuse of power (but then, HKgov had been doing that for awhile now) and also personal revenge just bc some of those worthless HK officials are being sanctioned (deservingly so) by US Govt right now. It is also a wait and see for some of the (much) smaller pro-Dem online-only media, such as Stand News, as the HKgov is willing to go totally nuts just for more control.

The bottom line is, if HKgov really think they can sway the opinion of people just by shutting down a newspaper, go ahead. At the end of the day they are still a total worthless govt that can't govern anything and is killing the city by minutes.

Are businesses leaving HKG?
 
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Re: Hong Kong Apple Daily shuts down

Wed Jun 23, 2021 3:04 pm

How long before the PRC government seizes the banks, businesses, real property in HK ? That is the next step and with the shut down of any opposition it will come soon.
 
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Re: Hong Kong Apple Daily shuts down

Thu Jun 24, 2021 7:31 pm

I really like HK and seeing all that has happened over the past two years has been awful. It's hard to see anything other than the CCP being victorious in making HK just another East Coast Mainland City like Shenzhen or Xiamen. Kinda amazing how quickly they have done so.
 
flyguy89
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Re: Hong Kong Apple Daily shuts down

Thu Jun 24, 2021 8:08 pm

Perfect US response would be to offer HKers citizenship/residency and rally other world leaders to offer full diplomatic recognition of Taiwan.

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