'No press freedom': HK residents on Apple Daily's closing

Six staff members, including the editor in chief and an opinion writer, were arrested under the national security law for allegedly colluding with foreign forces in their articles. It is the first instance of authorities taking aim at media articles under the legislation.

The end of the popular 26-year-old tabloid, which mixes pro-democracy discourse with racy celebrity gossip and investigations of those in power, has escalated alarm over media freedom and other rights in the Chinese-ruled city.

The paper's publisher, Next Digital, said in a statement the decision to close the newspaper, which employs about 600 journalists, was taken "due to the current circumstances prevailing in Hong Kong."

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