June 2019 The primary protests start in Hong Kong, with thousands and thousands of individuals taking to the road in protest in opposition to a proposed extradition invoice, which critics worry will enable individuals to be despatched to mainland China for trial.
8 July The professional-democracy activist and media mogul Jimmy Lai travels to the US and meets the vice-president, Mike Pence, and the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, to debate the proposed extradition invoice. China’s overseas ministry releases an announcement accusing “nationwide scum and Hong Kong sinners” of appearing as political instruments for overseas forces.
1 June 2020 Apple Every day launches an English-language version, providing information and opinion articles on-line. Over the subsequent six months it intently follows the protests, largely supportive of protesters and criticising police brutality.
30 June Beijing imposes the nationwide safety legislation (NSL) on Hong Kong, outlawing acts of sedition, secession, overseas collusion, and terrorism. Lai tells media the Hong Kong he as soon as knew is useless.
10 August Lai and senior Subsequent Digital media executives are arrested at their properties within the early morning, with Lai accused of colluding with overseas forces. The Apple Every day newsroom is raided for the primary time: reporters livestream the occasion and present cops rifling via desks. Halfway via the raid a handcuffed Lai is marched via the newsroom. He’s later launched on bail.
15 August Lai tells the Guardian his arrest below the NSL is authorities desirous to “present the tooth” of the legislation, however they hadn’t bitten but. He says media should push on.
3 December Lai and two Subsequent Digital executives are charged with fraud, accused of breaching land-lease phrases by misusing Subsequent Digital’s workplace area in Tseung Kwan O for different functions. They’re denied bail.
11 December Lai is charged with overseas collusion below the NSL. He’s later launched on bail below strict circumstances amounting to deal with arrest however prosecutors achieve having the choice overturned after robust criticism from Beijing and authorities figures, and he’s returned to jail on remand.
29 December Lai resigns as chair and govt director of Subsequent Digital media, “as a way to spend extra time coping with his private affairs”, the corporate pronounces.
13 April 2021 Days earlier than his sentencing for protest-related expenses, Lai writes to Apple Every day employees from jail, telling them to deal with themselves however to “stand tall”. “Freedom of speech is a harmful job,” he wrote. “Please watch out to not take dangers. Your individual security is essential.”
15 April Apple Every day is without doubt one of the solely day by day papers to not run authorities ads for nationwide safety training day. Its protection seems to immediate an offended rebuke from the police commissioner, Chris Tang. Tang accuses an unspecified paper of inciting hatred, and warns of nationwide safety investigations. Professional-Beijing shops name for Apple Every day to be shut down.
15 Could Authorities freeze Lai’s property, and Subsequent Digital halts buying and selling within the firm’s shares. Lai owns 71% of Subsequent Digital Media and is a controlling shareholder. By now Lai is serving jail sentences over protest-related expenses, and is going through three nationwide safety expenses.
17 June Nationwide safety police arrest the editor-in-chief, Ryan Regulation, and 4 different administrators of Apple Every day in early morning raids over dozens of articles alleged to be a part of a conspiracy to collude with overseas forces. They raid the newsroom for a second time, with a warrant to grab dozens of computer systems. Employees return to work, utilizing their telephones to construct the subsequent day’s paper, and livestream the printing presses.
18 June Greater than half one million copies of the paper are purchased by Hongkongers in assist, a greater than fivefold improve on standard gross sales. Police cost Regulation and the chief govt, Cheung Kim-hung, and announce the prosecution of three corporations. Belongings totalling HK$18m (£1.66m) and accounts containing greater than $500m are frozen.
22 June Subsequent Digital Media says the paper will most likely have to shut if property will not be launched to permit it to pay employees. The finance information, English-language service, and nightly on-line broadcast are shut down. The Hong Kong chief, Carrie Lam, defends the operation and rejects worldwide criticism that it was an assault on press freedom. She dismisses requires the property to be launched and takes no questions from Apple Every day reporters on the press convention.
23 June olice arrest Apple Every day’s chief opinion author, who publishes below the title Li Ping, on suspicion of overseas collusion regarding the printed articles on the coronary heart of the operation. That afternoon, Apple Every day and Subsequent Media announce the paper will shut, with its ultimate version on Thursday 23 June. The web version will stop at midnight. “Farewell and take care,” it says.