Emily Fang, Jimmy Lai And Apple discussed on Morning Edition

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Pro democracy newspaper, is shutting down that paper. Apple Daily managed to survive the arrest of its founder, its editor in chief and several top executives. But then, last week, the government froze its bank accounts and that crippled the paper's operations. Here's NPR's Emily Fang. At first, the staff of Apple Daily were defiant. Yes, Jimmy Lai, their billionaire founder, and several of their executives were arrested under a draconian national security law. And, yes, everyone agreed the papers strong pro democracy stands would get it shut down eventually by Beijing. But readers had rallied to their support, donating money and buying advertisements. An Apple Daily staff vowed to stay on to the end. Here's Mark Simon, one of lies advisers. I had a young editor Who knows me for? You know me so that the last eight years and she said to me They will have to physically remove me from my desk. For me to leave Ryan Law. The editor in chief, told French outlet FP shortly before he was arrested himself that he had ordered his reporters to carry on filing stories no matter what happened to him. Despite political factors and rumors as editor in chief, I cannot take them into account when running the paper's operations. If you ask me, we can only carry on as usual. The end came sooner than expected. However, the government then froze the papers bank accounts that meant although the paper had enough money to cover 18 months of operations, it was now out of rich. And so on Saturday, Apple Daily will run its last edition, heralding the end of Hongkong's What's freewheeling and muckraking reporting environment

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