Censored Apple Daily Content Uploaded to Blockchain

The recent closure of pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily prompted activists to back up articles on blockchain platforms free from censorship, as China rejected concerns over the closure.

Pro-democracy supporters have now uploaded over 4,000 Apple Daily articles on Arweave as LikeCoin is now being used in cataloguing images, Reuters reported.

Apple Daily shut down operations on Wednesday as it printed one million copies for its last edition after the arrests of executives and staff this past week.

On Thursday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian rejected Japan and the United Kingdom’s concerns over the closure.

“Hong Kong upholds rule of law. It is not a safe haven beyond the law. Freedom of the press does not entail impunity for crimes. Anti-China, destablizing forces have no extrajudicial rights,” the spokesperson said.

“The Hong Kong SAR government ensures that laws are strictly enforced and complied with and offences are prosecuted. This has been endorsed and supported widely by the public in Hong Kong. It will help consolidate and improve the One Country, Two Systems and promote Hong Kong’s stability and prosperity,” he added.

“The basis for the Chinese government’s administration of Hong Kong is China’s constitution and the Basic Law, not the Sino-British Joint Declaration. No foreign country has the right to point fingers at or make irresponsible remarks on Hong Kong affairs or China’s other internal affairs,” Zhao said responding to the UK government statement.

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