The final edition of Hong Kong’s last remaining pro-democracy paper sold out in hours Thursday, as readers scooped up all 1 million copies of the Apple Daily, whose closure was yet another sign of China’s tightening grip on the semi-autonomous city.
The newspaper said it was forced to cease operations after police froze $2.3 million of its assets, searched its office, and arrested five top editors and executives last week. On Sunday night, an additional arrest was made as an editor attempted to flee to Britain.
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