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People gather to protest against the closure of the Apple Daily newspaper in London on June 27. Photo: Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The former managing editor of the English edition of Apple Daily, Hong Kong's biggest pro-democracy newspaper, was arrested at the Hong Kong airport on charges of collusion, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: Apple Daily shuttered last week following the freezing of its assets under China's national security law.

  • Journalist Fung Wai-kong's arrest comes days after police arrested an Apple Daily columnist, who publishes under the name Li Ping, for allegedly "conspiring to collude with foreign countries or foreign forces to endanger national security" under the law.

Of note: Authorities have increasingly been relying on the law, which provides the government with broad power to limit people's political freedom and to arrest several journalists at the news outlet, founded by imprisoned tycoon Jimmy Lai.

  • Under the law, the authorities charged Lai and other pro-democracy activists after they organized a massive protest in 2019.
  • Hong Kong police recently cited media articles as potentially violating the law when they held five Apple Daily executives.

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Ina Fried, author of Login
Updated Sep 14, 2021 - Technology

Apple debuts iPhone 13, updates iPad and Apple Watch

Screenshot: Axios via Apple.com

Apple on Tuesday debuted the iPhone 13 alongside modest improvements to the iPad and Apple Watch, which now features a larger display.

Why it matters: Apple has enjoyed robust sales throughout the pandemic, but needs to convince another wave of customers to upgrade.

GOP Rep. Gonzalez retires in face of Trump-backed primary

Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R) Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R) announced his retirement on Thursday, declining to run against a Trump-backed primary challenger in 2022.

Why it matters: Gonzalez has suffered politically since siding with House Democrats to impeach the 45th president after the Capitol riot.

Swing voters oppose Texas abortion law

Protesters at a rally at the Texas State Capitol. Photo: Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images

All 10 swing voters in Axios’ latest focus groups — including those who described themselves as "pro-life" — said they oppose Texas' new anti-abortion law.

Why it matters: If their responses reflect larger patterns in U.S. society, this could hurt Republicans with women and independents in next year's midterm elections. The swing voters cited overreach, invasion of privacy and concerns about frivolous lawsuits jamming up the courts.