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How Xi’s China Put 1,000-Plus Hong Kong Journalists Out of Work

Security probe stigma left some struggling to find jobs, while others changed profession, emigrated or embraced “lying flat”

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Six months ago, Pak was a finance reporter for one of Hong Kong’s best-read tabloids. Now, he’s a coffee shop barista in London, after the collapse of pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily under a national security probe left him jobless and several of his bosses facing life in prison. 

“The shutdown of Apple Daily was definitely the last straw that led to the decision,” said Pak, 33, who asked to only be identified by his first name due to safety concerns. “As a veteran, I simply could not find a suitable position that I would fit without worrying about my integrity and personal safety.”