Accessibility/Mobile Features
Skip Navigation
Skip to Content
Editorial News
Classified Sites

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Assailant with meat cleaver hacks Hong Kong editor whose dismissal sparked press freedom fears

Medical staffs escort former Ming Pao chief editor Kevin Lau on a stretcher in a hospital in Hong Kong, China Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. The former editor of the Hong Kong newspaper whose abrupt dismissal in January sparked protests over press freedom has been stabbed, police said on Wednesday. Police said a man wearing a motorcycle helmet “suddenly” attacked Kevin Lau on Wednesday morning with a knife and then fled on a motorcycle driven by another man. (AP Photo)

Enlarge Image

Medical staffs escort former Ming Pao chief editor Kevin Lau on a stretcher in a hospital in Hong Kong, China Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. The former editor of the Hong Kong newspaper whose abrupt dismissal in January sparked protests over press freedom has been stabbed, police said on Wednesday. Police said a man wearing a motorcycle helmet “suddenly” attacked Kevin Lau on Wednesday morning with a knife and then fled on a motorcycle driven by another man. (AP Photo)

HONG KONG - The former editor of a Hong Kong newspaper whose abrupt dismissal in January sparked protests over press freedom is in critical condition after being hacked Wednesday by an assailant with a meat cleaver, police said.

Police said a man wearing a motorcycle helmet attacked Kevin Lau in a residential neighbourhood and then fled on a motorcycle driven by another man.

Lau was hospitalized in critical condition with slashes in his back and legs, said Kwan King-pan, acting superintendent of Hong Kong Police.

Police did not announce any motive for the attack and appealed to the public for information.

Lau, 49, was named editor of the respected Ming Pao newspaper in 2012 but was replaced last month by a Malaysian journalist with no local experience. Lau was transferred to the parent company's electronic publishing unit. The move raised fears among journalists that the newspaper's owners were moving to curb aggressive reporting on human rights and corruption in China.

The Hong Kong Journalists Association said it was shocked and angered by the attack, calling it a "serious provocation to Hong Kong press freedom." Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying visited Lau at the hospital and told reporters, "We strongly condemn this savage act."

Freedom of speech and the press is a growing concern in the semiautonomous Chinese city, where such rights are guaranteed by its mini-constitution. On Sunday, thousands of people took to the streets to protest Lau's dismissal and other recent cases, including the ouster of an outspoken radio host and reports that Beijing-backed businesses were pulling ads from some newspapers over editorial stances.

Hong Kong slipped three places to 61st place on the latest World Press Freedom Index compiled by media watchdog Reporters Without Borders, which said Beijing's growing influence is jeopardizing media independence. Hong Kong ranked 18th on the group's inaugural index In 2002.

  • Rate this Rate This Star Icon
  • This article has not yet been rated.
  • We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high. If you thought it was well written, do the same. If it doesn’t meet your standards, mark it accordingly.

    You can also register and/or login to the site and join the conversation by leaving a comment.

    Rate it yourself by rolling over the stars and clicking when you reach your desired rating. We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high.

Sort by: Newest to Oldest | Oldest to Newest | Most Popular 0 Commentscomment icon

You can comment on most stories on brandonsun.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is register and/or login and you can join the conversation and give your feedback.

There are no comments at the moment. Be the first to post a comment below.

Post Your Commentcomment icon

Comment
  • You have characters left

The Brandon Sun does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. Comments are moderated before publication. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Brandon Sun Business Directory
Submit a Random Act of Kindness
Why Not Minot?
Welcome to Winnipeg

Social Media