It also said it wanted to dismantle the company’s assets, but Apple Daily believed it could live in Taiwan, where it still has an online version, under new ownership.
“None of the articles published by the Apple Daily state that the Hong Kong government has violated the National Security Act,” Next Digital said in a statement on Sunday.
“This uncertainty created a climate of fear, resulting in a number of resignations among the remaining employees in Hong Kong, including those responsible for the regulatory compliance duties of public enterprises.”
The company is now demanding that the trading of its shares be “suspended until further notice” while calling for the liquidation of its assets to pay shareholders, lenders and employees.
Earlier, in June, Apple Daily reported that the company’s board had appealed to Hong Kong authorities to freeze assets to pay employees.
The company hopes that some of its legacy can still be lived.
It called on liquefaction companies to consider contracts that would “create funds that benefit lenders”, having previously stated that “several parties have expressed interest in acquiring Apple Daily’s operations in Taiwan.”
“Assets, like the unique intellectual property created since the founding of Apple Daily, also have value,” Next Digital said.
The Hong Kong Bureau of Business and Economic Development did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.
“Do not try to accuse Hong Kong authorities of using the National Security Act as a tool to suppress the media or suppress freedom of expression,” he said at the time.
“As the Apple Daily has often noted, the people of Hong Kong have a collective memory of how life was elsewhere when freedom of speech was denied: no other rights are safe,” the next digital directors wrote on Sunday.
– Carly Walsh contributed to this report.
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