Thoughts with victim

PUBLISHED : Monday, 20 May, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 20 May, 1996, 12:00am

Yuen Yiu-ching, 34, is no stranger to controversial news. Since joining the print media in 1992, he has been editor of both Next Magazine and Eastweek, and was editor-in-chief of the Mad Dog Daily before joining the new Surprise Weekly, as chief editor. His boss, publisher Leung Tin-wai, was attacked last week by two chopper-wielding men.

Mr Yuen is unmarried and lives with his father.

What's on your mind? All my thoughts are with Mr Leung. We're going to visit him in hospital.

I feel very sad and angry about the attack. I can't believe that in such a civilised society people can perform such barbaric acts.

Do you fear for your safety? If I said I wasn't worried I'd be lying. But there's not much I can do about it. You really have to like this job to be doing it - and I like being a journalist because it exposes the darker side of life.

How did your family react? My family has always been worried for me - I was in Beijing during the June 4 crackdown and I have been working in publications like Next Magazine and Mad Dog Daily which are quite controversial.

They've been urging me to quit. They ask why I chose such a dangerous job when I'm not earning that much money.

Has it affected the media? It has actually united the news media. It's also given journalists an opportunity to think about what they have to do to fulfil their responsibilities.