February 25th, 2014

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Hong Kong Editor Whose Ouster Stirred Protests Is Stabbed



The former chief editor of a Hong Kong newspaper whose dismissal in January stirred protests about press freedom in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory was stabbed Wednesday morning, the police said.

Kevin Lau, the former chief editor of Ming Pao, was stabbed by an attacker who fled with an accomplice on a motorbike, the Hong Kong police said. He was listed in serious condition at a local hospital, with his wife telling the South China Morning Post that he had been stabbed three times. The attack happened shortly after 10 a.m. as Mr. Lau was walking to his car in the Sai Wan Ho neighborhood.

Mr. Lau’s ouster led to noisy protests by journalists and others who feared that his departure reflected the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to subdue the territory’s independent media.

Under Mr. Lau, Ming Pao investigated the death of a mainland dissident who many suspect was murdered despite his death being ruled a suicide. It recently took part in an investigation by the Washington-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists published in January that showed the relatives of several senior Chinese leaders, including President Xi Jinping and former Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, owned stakes in companies registered with offshore tax havens including the British Virgin Islands.

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Source: NY Times