Hong Kong's pro-democracy tabloid Apple Daily will stop operating no later than June 26, Saturday, its publisher, Next Digital, said on Wednesday after national security police arrested another employee of the besieged newspaper.
Police last week froze assets of companies linked to the newspaper and arrested five executives. The Apple Daily says if the freeze is not lifted, it will cease operations after publishing its morning edition on Saturday, as funds are running low.
Police, who typically do not disclose the names of those arrested, said one of the people they had detained was a 55-year-old man.
On Tuesday, the Court of Appeal upheld a decision to deny Tong a trial by jury, citing a threat to the personal safety of jurors and their family members.
The police operation against Apple Daily has drawn criticism from the USA and Britain, which say Hong Kong and Chinese authorities are targeting the city's promised freedoms.More news: Barnaby Joyce Reclaims Nationals Party After Leadership Spill
Authorities have not released a list of Apple Daily's articles or columns that have been deemed a national security crime.
Five executives, including chief editor Ryan Law and CEO Cheung Kim-hung, were arrested under the charge of colluding with foreign forces.
The HKSAR chief executive reiterated the HKSAR government's determination to implement the national security law.
Chinese and Hong Kong officials have insisted that the media must abide by the law, and that press freedom can not be used as a shield for illegal activities.
Under the new law, the burden is now placed on the defendant to prove they will not break the law if released on bail.More news: Thunderstorms Batter Chicago Area, Leave Thousands in the Dark
Owned and operated by the brash apparel magnate Jimmy Lai, Apple Daily made little effort to hide its editorial stance supporting democracy and Hong Kong's continued autonomy, which was guaranteed for 50 years under the handover agreement signed by Britain and China.
A man accused of driving a motorcycle into police officers while carrying a Hong Kong protest flag has become the first person to stand trial under the national security law implemented past year as China's central government tightened control over the city.
Journalist groups in the city have said the action by police has sent a chill through the city's media and undermined Hong Kong's long history of press freedom.
"Don't try to underplay the significance of breaching the national security law, and don't try to beautify these acts of endangering national security, which the foreign governments have taken so much to their heart", Lam said.More news: Tropical depression Claudette continues with heavy rain in southeast region, NHC says