London – dpa
On: Thursday, June 24, 2021 – 11:20 pm | Last Updated: Thursday, June 24, 2021 – 11:20 AM
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Robb has called on China to respect the fundamental freedoms of the Hong Kong people, following the arrest of two journalists and the closure of Hong Kong’s popular pro – democratic newspaper, the Apple Daily.
“We see for sure what is happening with the (Apple Daily) strike and the arrest of journalists,” the Bloomberg News Agency told a news conference in Singapore on Thursday.
He said the UK would “continue to explore what we can do to support Hong Kong” and that it had always worked with its allies “on every occasion”.
Yesterday, Wednesday, the parent company announced that it had decided to close the “Apple Daily” newspaper early next week, following a series of clashes with Chinese officials.
The next digital newspaper said that the last issue would be published next Saturday and thanked readers for their support over the years.
Hong Kong police have arrested an editor of the Apple Daily newspaper, which is still ongoing, and under pressure from the government, in a recent call in the face of a newspaper facing immediate closure.
A 55-year-old man was arrested today for allegedly collaborating with foreign powers to endanger national security, a police statement said.
The European Union (EU) has blamed Beijing for shutting down the newspaper, saying it was a sign of repression of media freedom.