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Nordic newspapers in support of Apple Daily

The editors-in-chief of four major Nordic daily newspapers have sent an open letter to China’s President Xi Jinping protesting the closure of the Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily. The editors from Finland, Norway, Denmark and Sweden also called on Beijing to uphold press freedom. In the open letter, the journalists wrote: “it has been too much for a long time. Now enough is enough. The world can no longer stand idly by as China gradually sucks the air out of press freedom in Hong Kong.” The letter was published on Thursday to mark the Chinese Communist Party’s centenary. In response to more censorship and suppression of the press in Hong Kong, the signatory newspapers announced an “even more intensive coverage of the frightening developments in Hong Kong.” “We will do this by utilizing the freedom of the press that is denied to our colleagues in Hong Kong,” told the editors-in-chief of Politiken, Dagens Nyheter, Helsingin Sanomat and Aftenposten. ari

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