Attack on Ming Pao editor latest of several on Hong Kong journalists

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 February, 2014, 3:46am
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 February, 2014, 3:46am

Yesterday's attack on former Ming Pao chief editor Kevin Lau Chun-to was just another in a long list of assaults against Hong Kong media people down the years.

The perpetrators of most of these attacks, and those who ordered them, have still not been brought to justice.

In May 1996, veteran journalist Leung Tin-wai was stabbed in the back. The attackers then hacked off his left forearm and both thumbs. The assault came shortly after he announced the launch of the publication Surprise Weekly.

Leung, then 53, survived after undergoing a 17-hour operation to reattach his forearm. The public, outraged by the brutality of the attack, raised HK$5 million as a bounty for the arrest of Leung's assailants, who were never caught.

In August 1998, then-Commercial Radio show host Albert Cheng King-hon suffered six deep stab wounds to his limbs when two men attacked him with knives in the radio station's car park. The assailants were never caught. The driver who helped them in the attack was jailed for five months.

"Those people were definitely after my life," Cheng, then 52, said at the time. "They would not have chopped me so many times otherwise."

In 2008, police foiled an assassination plot aimed at Apple Daily boss Jimmy Lai Chee-ying and former Democratic Party chairman Martin Lee Chu-ming.

A Shenzhen resident was arrested at a Mong Kok roadblock and found to be carrying a gun and bullets. A Shenzhen court later found that a Hong Kong businessman living in Taiwan had put up a US$1 million bounty to have Lai and Lee killed.

Last year, two baton-wielding men attacked the publisher of iSun Affairs, Chen Ping .

Veteran China-watcher Ching Cheong said it was disappointing police investigations into the attacks remained unsolved after all these years.

Ming Pao staff concern group member Sin Wan-kei appealed to police: "Don't announce an investigation in a high-profile way and then leave the case unsolved like in previous attacks."