After more than 200 police officers raided the newsroom of Hong Kong’s biggest pro-democracy newspaper, Apple Daily, a staff reporter messaged the editor in chief with a question: Should I still go to work?
“You decide,” the top editor, Ryan Law, replied. “This is the biggest news story in the world.”
The reporter hurried to the office. The Monday raid led reporters and editors to produce livestreams and more than two dozen articles that day about the police sweep. They detailed the arrest of the newspaper’s founder, Jimmy Lai, analyzed the legal implications of the crackdown, and covered the international outrage that it triggered.
“Apple will definitely keep fighting,” screamed a bold red banner headline in Tuesday’s edition.
China has made Jimmy Lai into a symbol of freedom like the “tank man” in the Tiananmen Massacre, said Mike Gonzalze, Senior Fellow of Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy.