Hong Kong media company Next Digital said on Friday that it will not cease operations, contrary to a human resources email on Wednesday that said the company would shut down this week.
Next Digital is the owner of Apple Daily, the top-selling pro-democracy newspaper crushed by Hong Kong’s puppet government last week.
The Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP) obtained an internal memo from Next Digital on Friday that “made clarifications” to an internal memo from Wednesday. Chief among those clarifications was that Next Digital is not, in fact, shutting down, which was the entire point of the Wednesday missive.
The original memo was very clear on that point. It said the company’s board of directors had decided to cease operations on Thursday, and were instructing their human resources department to “follow upon compensation for employees in accordance with the Employment Ordinance,” Hong Kong’s labor law.