JIMMY LAI, publisher of the Apple Daily newspaper, was jailed for 14 months on April 16th for taking part in protests in 2019. His jailing, with other veteran activists, is part of a crackdown by China’s leaders. Martin Lee, known as Hong Kong’s “father of democracy” and Margaret Ng, a barrister, received suspended sentences. Mr Lai wrote to colleagues telling them to be careful because “freedom of speech is dangerous work now”.
This article appeared in the China section of the print edition under the headline “The end of the road”