Apple Daily, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy tabloid founded by media mogul Jimmy Lai, will close on Saturday after its assets were frozen in what critics said was a hammer blow to the city’s free press. .
Next Digital, the newspaper’s parent company, said its final edition will be printed Saturday and its website would no longer be accessible until just before midnight that night.
Apple Daily was known for its willingness to confront and criticize the government.
Hong Kong authorities have mounted a crackdown on Chinese civilian and political life following pro-democracy protests that engulfed the city in 2019. This included the imposition of a national security law that he severely restricted the opposition.
An editorial for Apple Daily called Pen Li Ping was arrested under the law Wednesday. He was arrested days later by authorities raids on Apple Daily offices and arrested five executives, including Ryan Law, its editor-in-chief. It was the first time the national security law had been used against journalists.
Lai has already been jailed for separate offenses.