Jimmy Lai’s potential is unclear. The press tycoon is among Hong Kong’s most notable pro-democracy activists and Beijing’s most fervent critics. This, according to Lai, which makes him”a plausible goal” of the Chinese authorities.
“I never believed I had been doing something for a society having a mission or anything. It was only some rebelliousness in my character that prompted me personally,” he explained.
However, the controversy surrounding Lai attained new peaks on Aug. 10 when he had been detained at his house for collusion with foreign forces.
Several of Lai’s executives were arrested.
The day following the arrests and newsroom raid, supportive Hong Kong residents purchased copies of the newspaper, in what Lai knew as”a kind of immunity” in a time when protests are suppressed by the pandemic.
After Lai was released on bond 36 hours after he had been arrested, he received a hero’s welcome back at the newsroom.
“It is controversial because a lot of folks do not enjoy its sensationalism and some folks will see its reports because of prejudice. But plenty of people would believe that Apple Daily nevertheless is an essential voice if people think that Hong Kong enjoys a broad diversity of political views.”
Ma said the tabloid has also played with an”advocacy function” in calling people to combine democracy movements, such as during the past year’s months-long protests that sometimes turned violent.
Journalists at Apple Daily, who spoke to ABC News over a few weeks, stated their bylines are eliminated from tales for their protection.
They simply wished to be identified by their names.
“I’d tens of thousands of accusations from 2019,” said photojournalist KT, looking back in the previous year of political unrest and road protests.
Some journalists in Apple Daily fear they, too, will become targets of their federal safety law however vow to continue with their job as usual.
“It is like the more stress we confront, we think it’s more important for all of us to perform our job,” said reporter Tweety, that livestreamed that the 2019 protests because the events unfolded.
Ahead of the federal security law was enforced on June 30, Apple Daily’s investigative team made certain their resources were shielded.
“We destroyed all of the files which contain sensitive info. We digitalized the files and stored them into a personal server abroad,” said Antony, that records hard-hitting investigative accounts for the newspaper.
However, Apple Daily’s struggles go past the newsroom.
“We do not have lots of ads from commercial businesses because they have a close connection with all the government and the Chinese authorities so that they do not like us” Apple Daily Editor-in-Chief Alvin Wong stated. “And they will not promote in our paper. Our financial aid largely comes in Mr. Lai.”
However, Lai stated Apple Daily will go on regardless of what occurs to him”We’ll continue to the previous moment.”
Reflecting on his detention in August, before police granted his bond and took his passport, Lai stated he’s made peace with his potential.
I owe everything.”
In terms of his group of determined journalists and editors, Lai said, “They might need to be mindful. I can’t protect them. But they’re extremely motivated because they understand now is the opportunity to check their ethics.”