China Is Closing the Door on More Than Just Democracy in Hong Kong

A couple wearing face masks looks at their mobile phones in front of a big poster in Hong Kong, July 27, 2020 (AP photo by Vincent Yu).
A couple wearing face masks looks at their mobile phones in front of a big poster in Hong Kong, July 27, 2020 (AP photo by Vincent Yu).

Before sitting down to write this week’s column, I opened a large and tattered, white, padded envelope that had arrived from Hong Kong late last week to find the final issue of the city’s once famously feisty newspaper, the Apple Daily, which was forced by local authorities to shut down for political reasons on June 24. A Chinese friend had sent it to me from the city long renowned for being efficient and smooth-running. For the month that it took the package to arrive, therefore, I had wondered whether it had been held up for inspection by Hong Kong authorities […]

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