Biden slams China for "repression" after Hong Kong paper closure

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U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday slammed Beijing for suppressing independent media and silencing dissenting views after Hong Kong's pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily folded under pressure from Chinese and Hong Kong authorities. "It is a sad day for media freedom in Hong Kong and around the world," Biden said in a statement, adding, "Intensifying repression by Beijing has reached such a level that Apple Daily, a much-needed bastion of independent journalism in Hong Kong, has now ceased publishing." Emphasizing that the act of journalism is not a crime, Biden urged China to stop targeting ...

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