Hong Kong pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily to close

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    Hong Kong’s biggest pro-democracy newspaper, Apple Daily, will be putting out its final edition tomorrow, in what’s being seen as a significant blow to press freedom.

    Last week, five of the paper’s editors and executives were arrested under Hong Kong’s controversial security law, while its assets and accounts were frozen.

    The paper said that meant it would be unable to pay staff or operating costs, effectively forcing it to close.

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    Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (HKSAR), is a metropolitan area and special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta of the South China Sea. With over 7.5 million residents of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world.

    Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the Qing Empire ceded Hong Kong Island at the end of the First Opium War in 1842. The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War and was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. The whole territory was transferred to China in 1997. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China under the principle of “one country, two systems”.

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