Updated Jun 23, 2021, 04:27am EDT
Hong Kong pro-democracy paper Apple Daily announced its closure on Wednesday, a move that comes after government authorities raided its offices last week and blocked the publication from accessing its financial assets under the city’s controversial national security law.
The publication announced on its website that they are going to cease operations at midnight and publish their last edition on Thursday.
In a filing with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange earlier in the day, Apple Daily’s publisher Next Digital said the print edition will come to an end “no later than” the last edition on Saturday, June 26 and the digital version will not be accessible after 11:59 pm on the same day.
Despite the Saturday closing date mentioned in Next Digital’s filing, the publication said it will stop operations immediately after Wednesday midnight due to employee safety considerations.
The city’s government had frozen the publisher’s accounts which roughly held HK$18 million ($2.3 million), Forbes reported earlier this week.
This is a developing story.