采访/田净 编辑/黄亿美 后制/郭敬
Apple Daily Is Besieged for Reporting Occupy Central
As Hong Kong Next Media’s subsidiary, Apple Daily
has covered a lot of news of the Occupy Central Protests.
Apple Daily’s building was besieged for two consecutive
nights since Oct. 10, resulting in the obstruct its newspaper
Some media said that such a situation has never taken place
in Hong Kong.
The reasons behind the scenes might not be so simple.
The victim in the media circles might not
only be Apple Daily.
Apple Daily constantly updated its coverage on Occupy
Central and provided the public with the latest news.
It has become an eyesore of the CCP.
Beginning on Oct. 10, Apple Daily has had a series
Even the newspapers at the distribution station
were splashed with sewage, and the newspaper
delivery trucks were blocked.
On Oct. 12, over one hundred people blocked
the building’s entrances and exits with an array
of tents to destruct the delivery of newspaper.
Besides, Apple Daily’s website was also attacked
On the morning of Oct. 14, about two hundred people
went to Next Media’s building and erected tents to block
the entrance and exit.
Ip Yut Kin, chief executive officer of Apple Daily
said the group’s chairman Jimmy Lai, some executives
and reporters have received a lot
of anonymous harassing calls.
As a result, Lai was forced to change his phone number.
Apple Daily filed an urgent petition with the High Court
of Hong Kong, requesting the High Court to issue
an injunction to prohibit anyone from blocking
the exit of Next Media building.
Hong Kong Open Magazine’s editor in chief Jin Zhong:
“The entire process of the Occupy Central Movement,
from its initiation to the current development,
has something to do with Apple Daily.
As many Hong Kong media have been controlled or at least
influenced by the Communist regime, Apple Daily has been
very supportive and involved in much of this event
since the beginning until now.
Besides, as one of the largest newspapers in Hong Kong,
its influence is particularly significant.
Therefore, the existence of Apple Daily has become
a thorn in the regime’s eyes."
After the news about the siege of Apple Daily
was made public, Hong Kong Correspondents Association,
Hong Kong Press Photographers Association,
RTHK Program Staff Union, Ming Pao Daily News Staff
Associations and Next Media Trade Union issued a joint
statement to strongly condemn the behavior of blocking
media operations, seriously trampling press freedom
and affecting the public’s right to know.
Former Hebei People’s Radio Editor Zhu Xinxin:
“It (CCP) cannot subdue Kong media’s different voice through
legitimate and reasonable channels, it thus resorted to thugs’
dirty tricks to besiege and obstruct Hong Kong media.
It further attests the need for Hong Kong people
to defend their democratic rights.
If Hong Kong people cannot withstand it, then the hope
for democracy in mainland China would not be optimistic."
Apple Daily’s executive editor Pui-man Chan said
that this battle is to safeguard freedom of the press
as well as Hong Kong.
They will never surrender.
The support from its readers and other Hong Kong people
is the strength that has supported Apple Daily
to go ahead of the fight.
Also, the Chinese Internet media TMT has been suspended
for exposing CCP official media’s fabrication of slander
to defame Next Media chairman Jimmy Lai.
The relevant articles written by its financial author
He Jiangbing were deleted shortly after that.
He Jiangbing’s WeChat accounts were also revoked.
The TMT website was suspended for one week.
Reuters reported that a Chinese woman who was working
as a news assistant for German weekly Die Zeit and had
helped the publication report on protests in Hong Kong
had been detained and accused of inciting public discontent.
Jin Zhong: “Regardless of any media, as long as they do not
follow the CCP’s instruction, even simply adding a couple
more sentences, or being against CCP’s policies, in particular
for major sensitive issues, the regime would impose sanctions
on them casually.
It will close the publication or replace the person
in charge of the publication.
There have been many such examples."
Faced with the Occupy Central movement’s peaceful
protesters, Hong Kong police used tear gas and plastic bullets
to suppress unarmed protesters.
Not only did the incident outrage the public,
but it also attracted international media attention.
Jin Zhong: “The suppression against Apple Daily this time
would absolutely have the same effect.
It will never stop Apple Daily from publishing a newspaper,
and there will be more people stepping forward to sympathize
with them and support them."
On Oct. 13, Next Media Trade Union issued a statement
which stressed: “Any suppression of us out of fear
of press freedom can only make us believe
that we have done the right thing."
Interview/TianJing Edit/Huang Yimei Post-Production/GuoJing