Apple Daily Finds New Buyer after Hong Kong Closure

The Apple Daily Taiwan announced on Wednesday that it found a buyer that would keep most of its staff. 

“The majority of our colleagues will be transferred to the new employer and will retain their positions,” legal representative of the Taiwan subsidiary Ip Yut-kin said, adding he would be “honorary chairman.” 

“Looking back on the past year, our Hong Kong headquarters was faced with an unprecedented storm in the history of global news,” Ip Yut-kin said as reported by news agency Hong Kong Free Press. 

“The original intention of Apple Daily cannot be forgotten. It will always speak out against any injustice for its readers,” Ip Yut-kin added. 

In 2019, The Apply Daily Hong Kong was forced to close following raids in its newsroom, arrests of its leaders, and freezing of its assets as part of China’s clamping down on political dissents.  

In the same year, Apple Daily Taiwan continued its operation as a financially independent subsidiary of Apple Daily Hong Kong until May 18 when it was also forced to stop its print publication.  

Last year, the Hong Kong government tried to dissolve Apple Daily’s parent company, Next Digital, saying it would be “expedient in the public interest.”  

In December, Hong Kong’s High Court granted the government’s request after a brief hearing, which Next Digital did not contest.  

The Chinese government filed national security-related charges against Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lao who founded the Apple Daily 18 years ago, and six of his former senior executives at Apple Daily. 

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