On Thursday this week, Apple Daily is publishing the final issue of their newspaper.
The media outlet has had its assets frozen by the authorities and saw its management staff prosecuted and a key writer detained.
In face of continuous government oppression, the 26-year-old media organisation ceased operation today. The HKJA expresses anger and pain for the loss of this much valued multi-media press group that had long been pursuing and defending journalism.
The HKJA along with seven media unions and organisations introduce a black dress code for 24 June (Thu) as a demonstration of unity. We’ll be wearing black in protest of the government’s blow against freedom of press.
We cannot take to the streets to express our dissatisfaction as we are bound by the group gathering ban, but it won’t keep us silent.
To gather our voices, we shall post our relevant updates on social media platforms with the following hashtags: #致堅持捍衛真相的人🍎 #InSupportofJournalists🍎
Hong Kong Journalists Association
Ming Pao Staff Association
Journalism Educators for Press Freedom
CitizenNews Staff Union
RTHK Programme Staff Union
Independent Commentators Association
Hong Kong Press Photographers Association
Next Media Trade Union
23 June 2021