France, in Reaction to Closure of Hong Kong’s Apple Daily, Says Attached to Press Freedom

By Reuters
June 23, 2021 Updated: June 23, 2021

PARIS—France is attached to the freedom and plurality of the press, government spokesman Gabriel Attal told reporters on Wednesday, when asked about Hong Kong pro-democracy tabloid Apple Daily’s decision to print its last edition later this week.

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A worker packs copies of the Apple Daily newspaper at the printing house in Hong Kong, on June 18, 2021. (Kin Cheung/AP Photo)

Apple Daily will print its last edition on June 24, after a stormy year in which it was raided by police and its tycoon owner and other staff were arrested under a new national security law.

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Chief Operations Officer Chow Tat Kuen (front 2nd-R) is escorted by police from the Apple Daily newspaper offices before being put into a waiting vehicle in Hong Kong, on June 17, 2021. (Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images)

The end of the popular 26-year-old tabloid, which mixes pro-democracy discourse with racy celebrity gossip and investigations of those in power, has raised alarm over media freedom and other rights in the Chinese-ruled city.