On Thursday, US President Joe Biden called the closure of tabloids a “sad day for media freedom.” Besides, he has mentioned how this strategy by Hong Kong’s Apple Daily signaled “intensifying repression” by China vowing maintenance support for Chinese-ruled territory.
Biden had also called on Beijing to stop targeting the independent press release that detained journalists and media executives. He has mentioned this in a statement following the news outlet’s closure.
Biden has also marked how people in Hong Kong have the right to freedom of the press. But the problem is that Beijing is denying fundamental liberties and entirely on the mission of assaulting Hong Kong’s autonomy, democratic institutions, and processes. That said, the strategies have only become inconsistent with its international obligations.
Apple Daily had to face issues during the stop to the 26-year run amid a national security crackdown. The consequence was that it froze the company’s funds. The closure prompted snaking lines of loyal readers at newsstands.
Biden mentioned that it has come up with a sad day for media freedom in Hong Kong and worldwide. The publication has come up with the situation of a much-needed bastion of independent journalism in Hong Kong.
The president added that through arrests, threats, and forcing through a National Security Law for penalizing free speech, Beijing s insisted on wielding power to suppress independent media while silencing dissenting views.
Biden even took a vow that the United States will never be wavering in support of people in Hong Kong and the ones that are dedicated to standing up for the fundamental freedoms of people.
Shutdown even deals the most severe blow to Hong Kong’s media freedoms. That said, it has a connection with the potential destruction to the city’s reputation. All of this happened right after a Beijing imposed security law on the financial center say.
Michelle Bachelet, UN human rights chief, aimed Thursday at “negative consequences,” mentioning how Jimmy Lai, Apple Daily owner, faced issues exercising his rights. that said, he went on with criticizing the tycoon’s detention.
Lai had been in jail over unauthorized rallies, all of which took place during the mass pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, 2019. Three national security charges he has been facing are due to taking part in unauthorized rallies.
Apple Daily, the unapologetic tabloid, highlights the pro-democracy discourse with celebrity gossip and investigations. A thorn in Beijing’s side is thus facing issues daily. Last year, before Biden won the presidential election in, USA, the Apple Daily had published two articles on son Hunter Biden and ties to a Taiwanese businessman. To this, Lai has even said on Twitter that he had “nothing to do with” Hunter Biden’s report highlighting the alleged China business links.
The impact- ONE MILLION COPIES
The Apple Daily took to printing 1 million copies, which is exceeding ten times its usual. Emotions ran high among supporters of the Apple Daily that has recently faced issues due to Lai’s arrest in August 2020.
Apple Daily staff, too, has expressed anger and frustration.
The consequence of all this was that Last week, 500 officers raided headquarters while taking it to a whole new level by involving reporters’ notes and other journalistic material in scenes drawing the attention of international condemnation.
Officials in Hong Kong have always mentioned how they respect the media freedoms but are not absolute. The rights and liberties, including media freedom, should stay within the bottom line of national security.