Hong Kong pro-democracy paper Apple Daily announced its closure on Wednesday, a move that comes after government authorities raided its offices last week and blocked the publication from accessing its financial assets under the city’s controversial national security law.
In a filing with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Apple Daily’s publisher Next Digital said the print edition will come to an end “no later than” the last edition on Saturday, June 26 and the digital version will not be accessible after 11:59 pm on the same day.
The city’s government had frozen the publisher’s accounts which roughly held HK$18 million ($2.3 million), Forbes reported earlier this week.
The last update on Apple Daily’s English website thanks its readers for the support and says, “this concludes the updates from Apple Daily English.”
This is a developing story.