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How Jimmy Lai's Apple Daily reshaped Taiwan's media landscape

Once all conquering empire loses out to politics and financial woes

Jimmy Lai, chairman and founder of Next Digital, holds up a copy of the Apple Daily newspaper as he speaks during an interview with Reuters in Taipei in 2010.    © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Marty Chang, a veteran graphic designer who worked for more than 15 years at Taiwan's Apple Daily, headed out the door for the final time late one night in May.

He was carrying all his belongings out after designing nearly a thousand front pages for the daily newspaper that used to be a must-read for ordinary Taiwanese, business executives and officials. In its heyday, the print run was 700,000 on an island of 23 million.

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