(23 June 2021) Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said:
The forced closure of Apple Daily by the Hong Kong authorities is a chilling blow to freedom of expression in Hong Kong.
It is crystal clear that the powers under the National Security Law are being used as a tool to curtail freedoms and punish dissent – rather than keep public order.
The Chinese government undertook to protect press freedom and freedom of speech in Hong Kong under the UK-Sino Joint Declaration. It must keep its promises, and stand by the commitments it freely assumed.
(24 June 2021) Apple Daily: Hong Kong bids emotional farewell to pro-democracy paper (BBC news) Thousands across Hong Kong rushed to snap up the final edition of the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily, which closed its doors after 26 years.
(2021/06/25) 自由台灣撐香港自由 蔡英文:民主種子已遍灑 (自由時報) 蔡總統認為，也許有人認為，這是壓垮香港自由民主的最後一根稻草，但她想告訴暗自竊喜的威權主義者，自由民主就像一棵樹，也許可以將它攔腰砍斷，但種子早已遍灑在土地的每個角落，總有幾顆種子，會生長成另一棵大樹。