“Ink-Stained Elbows”: Apple Daily as Hongkongers’ Collective Memory

Apple Daily staff wave flashlights from the roof of the newspaper's headquarters and shout thanks to supporters below after the company announces its closure. (AFP)

By Glacier Kwong. Reading Apple Daily had been my daily routine as a child. Every night after dinner, the newspaper would be laid open on the ground, and I would be reading with my head propped on my elbows, because my hands were too small at the time to hold it up as adults do […]

What Happened to Hong Kong?

A protester is forcefully arrested by police during a demonstration in July 2020. (Le Point)

By Kevin Carrico. The transformation of Hong Kong from an imperfect yet reasonably liberal and livable society to a lawless tyranny that locks people away for thought crimes, all in the span of just over a year, is one of the great conundrums of our times. Hong Kong has long been a place […]

Apple Daily After the National Security Law

An Apple Daily proof reader continues work the day of a raid on the newspaper's offices. (EPA)

By Matt, An Apple Daily Reporter. If a journalist insists on telling the truth, he or she may be taking a risk, and the worst is facing charges by NSL, prison and a loss of freedom. Freedom is something we have lost now, from freedom of speech to freedom of press […]

Diary of a Hong Kong Reporter

Apple Daily Executives arrive for pretrial hearings in West Kowloon, September 2021. (Winson Wong) 

By Sarah, an Apple Daily Reporter. I started working as an independent journalist after the closure of Apple Daily. People always asked me in these few months, “is it too dangerous to continue reporting now?” It is indeed, especially when people and friends around you are arrested and put on trial. You wake up every morning and do not want to read the news, because […]

The Uphill Battle for Freedom of Expression

The front page of Apple Daily in June 2021 after the arrest of its senior executives. The newspaper would be forced to shut down the same month. (Bloomberg)

By Finn Lau. Freedom of expression is not free. It never is. Whilst people enjoy freedom of expression in most developed countries nowadays, it was forged with tons of blood, toil and tears over many years. In some countries, like Hong Kong and Thailand, the fight continues in the 21st century […]

I Want to See My Friend, Jimmy Lai

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai is arrested in August 2020 in what he describes as an effort to show the territory's new national security law has "teeth". (Getty Images)

By Mark Simon. Some probably know the story of Mr. Lai, smuggled from China over to Hong Kong in the bottom of a boat when he was 12. The very same day he arrived in Hong Kong he went to work in a garment factory. These days I often think of my friend as that 12 year old, alone, sleeping on a factory floor. I make this point, because I’m not certain even the Communists who have him imprisoned understand […]

The Broken Dream of “NyLonKong”

A lone protester at the heart of Hong Kong's business district during a 2019 rally by the advertising industry (AP Photo)

By Finn Lau. Half a million copies of the Apple Daily newspaper were printed the day after Beijing’s severe crackdown on the last pro-democracy print in Hong Kong on 17th June 2021. Long queues were seen around town as supporters flocked to get their hands on the last few issues of Apple Daily to show solidarity with […]

The State of Hong Kong’s Freedoms, And How The World Can Help

A Hong Kong police officer confronts assembled journalists. (SCMP)

By Iris, An Independent Hong Kong Reporter. The hashtag #journalismisnotacrime is a terrible choice. To begin with, it’s too long for a Twitter hashtag. It is hard to read unless you capitalise the first letter of each word. But #JournalismIsNotACrime looks odd – you shouldn’t allow a hashtag to consume 21/280 of your characters. Still #JournalismIsNotACrime is trending from time to time. Why? […]