Hong Kong pro-democracy paper, Apple Daily announces closure

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Hong Kong’s largest pro-democracy paper Apple Daily has announced its closure, in a major blow to media freedom in the city. The publication’s offices were raided last week over allegations that several reports had breached the city’s controversial national security law.

Company-linked assets worth $18m (£2.3m; £1.64m) were later frozen. Police also detained its chief editor and five other executives. The tabloid was known to be critical of the Hong Kong and China leadership.

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