Powder in letters sent to media

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 04 June, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 04 June, 2006, 12:00am

Police are investigating the sending of letters containing an unidentified white powder to three media organisations.

Staff at the Chinese-language Apple Daily called in the police at 9pm last night after spotting a letter placed in a suspicious plastic box in the car park of the newspaper's building in Tseung Kwan O.

The envelope contained a white powder, reports said.

Police, firemen wearing protective suits and hazardous-materials teams were deployed to handle the letter, which was later taken away for examination.

There were no reports of injury, and no evacuation was needed either.

A staff member at Apple Daily last night said they had been told the powder was harmless. But police would not confirm this, saying only that investigations were still under way.

The letter, which was not addressed to any individual, contained complaints about local horse-racing commentators.

Reports said similar complaint letters, also containing white powder, had been received by Commercial Radio and Hong Kong Daily News.

In November, a staff member at Chinese-language newspaper Ming Pao suffered minor injuries when a parcel she was opening in the newspapers' offices exploded.

The parcel was addressed to the newspaper's chief editor, Cheung Kin-bor.

A letter inside the parcel denounced the newspaper's executives for actions it did not specify. The letter threatened more attacks if the paper did 'this sort of thing' again.

There have been no arrests so far in connection with that attack.