Fired Newspaper Editor Stabbed in Hong Kong

by Greg Pollowitz

The Los Angeles Times:

A recently dismissed Hong Kong newspaper editor was hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday after assailants stabbed him in the back and leg and fled on a motorbike.

The assault on Kevin Lau, whose removal as editor of the Ming Pao daily last month helped spark demonstrations over erosion of media freedoms, shocked a wide swath of the former British territory, which reverted to Chinese rule in 1997.

Under an arrangement known as “one country, two systems,” Hong Kong is supposed to enjoy greater freedom of speech and the press, along with other liberties, than the mainland.

It was unclear who was behind Wednesday’s attack. The Hong Kong Journalists Assn. called on authorities to “pursue his attackers and those malignant forces behind them without fear or favor. The attackers must be brought to justice as quickly as possible to allay public fears.”

“The growing number of attacks against members of the press in Hong Kong needs to be taken seriously by the local administration,” the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club said in a separate statement. “Hong Kong’s reputation as a free and international city will suffer if such crimes go unsolved and unpunished.”

Oddly, we haven’t heard yet from Tom Friedman on this development. Maybe the next time Friedman is on the Acela, bitching about its wi-fi and writing about the awesomeness of China’s infrastructure spending, he can hold forth on the case of Mr. Lau?

The rest from the Times here.