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Following the recent scare at the Taishan nuclear power station, close to Hong Kong, the question arises as to whether assurances of nothing to worry about can ever be believed and, more pressingly, whether the Hong Kong authorities will be prepared to stand up for the people they are supposed to represent and demand timely and adequate information.

Why do we even know that there was a problem at Taishan? Most certainly it is not the result of transparency on behalf of the Chinese company that runs the plant but because Framatome, the French joint venture partner, wrote to the…


Hong Kong readers have expressed support for Apple Daily as it celebrated its 26th anniversary on Sunday.

At a newsstand on Portland Street in Mong Kok, reader Ms. Man bought 10 copies of Apple Daily as a show of support and said she planned to buy 10 more.

“Hongkongers will support [Apple Daily], and are sincerely thankful that it will continue to report the truth despite authoritarian oppression,” she said. “Buying copies of Apple Daily is not a crime, and the public will not stop just because of intimidation from the government.”

On Thursday, police arrested two media executives and…


Apple Daily’s editor-in-chief Ryan Law, who was among five executives arrested by the Hong Kong police last week accused of breaching the national security law, is a journalist keen to analyze different perspectives on current affairs with his colleagues.

Now with Law’s absence in the newsroom following his arrest, one of his colleagues recalled that the chief editor often came to his seat during lunch, with sandwiches and a cup of coffee in hand, to discuss Hong Kong politics and world current affairs.

“He is generous in sharing his observations with others. More importantly, he enjoys listening to your views…


Father’s Day is often a time for a family get-together. This year, it is a stark reminder of painful separation for scores of Hongkongers who are held in custody awaiting trial under national security laws.

The Wans, a family of four, know this only too well. …


The editorial office is located on the second floor of the headquarters of Apple Daily. If you look up at the glass roof of the building, you can see the clear sky suddenly covered by a dark cloud. Today, more than a hundred police officers searched the building again, this time bringing with them a court warrant to seize journalistic materials, and reporters could only watch from the rooftop through the glass pane with their long lenses, a newsroom described by the regime as a crime scene.

In the virtual TV commercial for its first publication 26 years ago, founder…


The raid on Next Digital, the parent company of Apple Daily and Next Magazine in Cheung Kwan O this past Thursday, was more than surreal. As we all know, the red line of the NSL (National Security Law) is vague and fluid, creating a chilling effect on everyone. To be honest, what is left in Hong Kong now is “unfree speech”: either you bow down and succumb or else you will get punished or face dire consequences. It’s there for all Hong Kongers to see.

Two cable channels most popular among Hong Kongers kept playing and looping a chilling message…


By Li Ping

In two days, Apple Daily will celebrate its 26th anniversary. However, on the eve of the celebration, 500 police officers blocked off all entrances and exits of the headquarters of Apple Daily and searched for news materials for five hours, seizing more than 40 computers. Two senior executives of Next Digital and three news staff of Apple Daily were arrested under suspicion of violating the national security law and “conspiring to collude with a foreign country or with external elements to endanger national security.” The authorities also urged other journalists to keep a distance from Apple Daily…


Junior journalists generally like to refer to Chan Pui-man as “Man Ze” (“older sis Man”). She is the associate publisher of Apple Daily and gatekeeper of the newspaper. Last year in August, when the police arrested Jimmy Lai, Man Ze made the call to print more than 500,000 newspapers, which were swiftly snatched up by the city the following day; last month, the Security Bureau evoked the National Security Law and froze Jimmy Lai’s assets, Man Ze published a message on social media, “Just finished our A1 meeting. Apple Daily will be published as usual tomorrow. …


Since he was released on bail last May, Pang Yu-him has decided to defend himself in court. It was so unlikely for a defendant to represent himself that a security guard at the trial had asked Pang, addressing him as a lawyer, where his client was. But on Thursday, the 18-year-old won the lawsuit against the Department of Justice and walked free.

Pang was first arrested on Nov. 11 in 2019, where protesters have called for a general strike across the city. …

Irene Leung

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