Why half a million readers subscribed to Apple Daily Online

The current political crisis has highlighted the need to keep the flames of press freedom and free speech burning in Hong Kong. An informed citizenry is the best protection against efforts to erode our rights and freedoms.

This is probably why there appears to be a surge in the demand for news. While Hong Kong readers have grown accustomed to getting their news for free from various content providers, they have also realized the need for independent media outlets that report the news in an unbiased manner and dissect the…