Hong Kong Court Orders Apple Daily Parent Company Liquidation

Hong Kong’s High Court has ordered the liquidation of Next Digital Limited, the parent company of now-defunct Apple Daily. 

In September, the Hong Kong government applied to dissolve Next Digital Limited, saying it would be “expedient in the public interest.”

On Wednesday, High Court judge Jack Wong granted the government’s request.

The owner of Next Digital Limited Jimmy Lai, and six former executives, have been detained and charged with “colluding with foreign forces,” one of the four offenses outlawed by the sweeping security legislation in June 2020. 

They were all denied bail by local courts with their charges carrying a maximum punishment of life imprisonment.

Following their arrest, Hong Kong authorities froze the assets of three companies under Next Digital Limited.

Meanwhile on 12 December, the World Association of News Publishers gave Apple Daily’s staff, and its founder Lai, the Golden Pen of Freedom press freedom award, lauding the paper as a “symbol of pro-democracy and public dissent” earlier this month.

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