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Jimmy Lai: Media tycoon chooses freedom over profit

HONG KONG   In 2014, young protesters occupied Hong Kong's main district for 79 days, calling for democracy, in what they called the Umbrella Movement. One man in particular showed up every day to talk to students who had set up tents there -- Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai.    

Jimmy Lai (Photo by Akiyoshi Inoue)

     Apple Daily, a daily newspaper founded by Lai in 1995, has been popular among young people with pages supporting the pro-democracy activists. A company worker in his 20s said, "It is the only reliable media in Hong Kong now." Meanwhile, the Chinese government considers Lai the mastermind of pro-democracy protests and blocks access to Apple Daily's website from mainland China.

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