World Press Freedom Statement From Media Institute Of The Caribbean

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday called the closure of Hong Kong's Apple Daily tabloid a "sad day for media freedom" and said it signaled "intensifying repression by Beijing."

Copies of the final edition of Apple Daily are seen at a newsstand in Hong Kong © Reuters/LAM YIK Copies of the final edition of Apple Daily are seen at a newsstand in Hong Kong

In a statement following the news outlet's closure earlier on Thursday, Biden called on China to stop targeting the independent press and release detained journalists and media executives.

"People in Hong Kong have the right to freedom of the press. Instead, Beijing is denying basic liberties and assaulting Hong Kong’s autonomy and democratic institutions and processes, inconsistent with its international obligations," he said.

Apple Daily, Hong Kong's most vocal pro-democracy newspaper, was forced to end a 26-year run amid a national security crackdown that froze the company's funds. Its closure prompted snaking queues of hundreds of loyal readers at news stands across the city.


Video: Closure looms for Hong Kong's pro-democracy Apple Daily after raids (Reuters)

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