Thursday, 24 June 2021

Apple Daily: Hong Kong pro-democracy paper announces closure

quote [ The tabloid's offices were raided last week over allegations that several reports had breached a controversial national security law.

Police detained the chief editor and five other executives, and company-linked assets were frozen. ]

This looks like the end of independent news in HK. Perhaps I've bought into western paternalism, or anti-China fervor, or I'm a sucker for yellow umbrellas, but it makes me sad.
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[by endopol@7:24amGMT]


steele said @ 5:34pm GMT on 24th Jun
Literally a tabloid rag that shifted to anti-china "news" and was so anti-china that they supported Donald Trump for president in 2020.
endopol said @ 8:32pm GMT on 24th Jun
I see. Just another victim of the CCP's high journalistic standards.
steele said @ 9:24pm GMT on 24th Jun
No, it's a victim of the US using them to attempt a rainbow revolution. How many posts do I have to make about the US and their media using foreign news outlets or just flat out making stuff up before ya'll stop taking this shit at face value?

How a fake persona laid the groundwork for a Hunter Biden conspiracy deluge

A 64-page document that was later disseminated by close associates of President Donald Trump appears to be the work of a fake "intelligence firm."

Balding claimed that the document was commissioned by Apple Daily, a Hong Kong-based tabloid that is frequently critical of the Chinese government. A spokesperson for Apple Daily confirmed it had worked with Balding on the document.

In addition to posting the document to his blog, Balding also promoted it in far-right media, appearing on Bannon's podcast and on "China Unscripted," a podcast produced by The Epoch Times, a pro-Trump media outlet opposed to the Chinese government.

You're making 'so sad' posts about a right wing fashy media outlet, it's basically an Asian Fox News.
endopol said @ 1:30am GMT on 25th Jun
I agree, it seems like Apple Daily was a pretty low-quality news source, and they tried to ally themselves with the wrong people. They just happened to hold out the longest. Other independent voices, ones we'd see as less problematic, were easier to pick off.

I see fascism is the state's intolerance for dissent, and if the big fascist stamps out the little fascist, it's a win for fascism worldwide.
steele said[1] @ 1:23pm GMT on 25th Jun
A few months ago I was watching some silly Chinese movie with a friend of mine, as we often did, and while the Chinese official on screen was being made fun off for being corrupt and clumsy my friend looked over at me and said something along the lines of, " You know it's weird, but we've always been taught that China doesn't allow any forms of criticism of their government but we see it in these movies all the time." and then after a few more minutes of watching while I waited for him to figure it out he finished with, "I guess this is propaganda by the Chinese government to make us think that's not the case."

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