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Hong Kong's "Apple Daily" announced on Wednesday (June 23) that, based on employee safety and manpower considerations, it will cease operations immediately after midnight. On the 24th, it will be the last physical newspaper, and the website will stop updating after midnight. Other publications and online platforms under Hong Kong Next Media have announced their closure one after another.

This 26-year-old, the only remaining large-scale pro-democracy media in Hong Kong is coming to an end. The outside world sees the end of press freedom and "one country, two systems" in Hong Kong. However, the Hong Kong government and the police believe that law enforcement actions have nothing to do with press freedom, and Accused Next Media of engaging in work endangering national security in the name of a news organization.

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