The Capital Gazette in Annapolis Maryland and the Apple Daily in Hong Kong may not appear to have much in common, but each reflects the challenge facing democracy when the role of the free press diminishes or disappears. While it may seem a stretch to compare a small-town American newspaper just sold to Alden Global Capital, the vulture fund that specializes in buying and then gutting distressed papers, and a popular pro-democracy tabloid doomed by Beijing's authoritarians as they snuff out Hong Kong's last freedoms, the parallels and their consequences are anything but.
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