Restore our faith in rule of law, Ming Pao journalist Kevin Lau urges police

Chopped journalist issues video appeal and reveals new concern group

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 March, 2014, 6:23pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 March, 2014, 11:37am

Journalist Kevin Lau Chun-to yesterday urged the government to find his attackers quickly to restore journalists' faith in the rule of law and allow them to work without fear.

It was the first time the former Ming Pao chief editor had spoken on camera since he was slashed from behind by a motorcycle hitman armed with a chopper on February 26. Nine men have been arrested in connection with the attack.

A video showing Lau speaking from his hospital bed was played at a press conference to announce the setting up of a concern group with a dozen of Lau's former classmates at the law faculty of the University of Hong Kong as its core members.

"We urge the government to solve the case as soon as possible, so journalists will have confidence in the rule of law again and do not have to be afraid of the threat of violence anymore," Lau said.

He appealed to the public to support the group's cause to say no to violence while upholding the rule of law and press freedom.

In an open letter to Police Commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung, the group said it aimed to keep following up on the issues raised by Lau's attack as it did not want to see his case left unsolved, as had happened after previous attacks on journalists.

Group members said they wanted to meet Tsang as soon as possible to express their concerns and find out if they could help in the investigation.

Watch: Kevin Lau calls on government to restore confidence in the rule of law

Setting up a fund in the name of Lau to support press freedom was also on the to-do list, said the group's spokesman, law scholar Eric Cheung Tat-ming.

Lau's wife, Vivien Chan Pik-kwan, said she was confident the police would spare no effort in finding the attack's mastermind.

In his third article in as many days published on Ming Pao's website, Lau wrote on Wednesday about how his spirits had been raised on the morning after the attack by the visit of an old university roommate.

Lau described waking up from anaesthesia to find himself attached to tubes with his legs heavily bandaged. Struggling to deal with the pain of his injuries, he heard the familiar voice of an old friend - Tam Kin-ming from his third year at university.

"Listening to Kin-ming chatting with my brother, it was like hearing music that guided my thoughts to drift from Eastern Hospital's intensive care unit to Pok Fu Lam, back to the carefree youthful days," he wrote.

Lau said he did not want to rely too much on the pain-relieving morphine available at the press of a button, but that he used some when he had to turn over.

Ming Pao and the Hong Kong News Executives' Association said in separate statements last night that they welcomed the arrests and urged the police to step up their efforts to solve the case.

The police said they had still not found a motive for the attack on Lau, who was controversially replaced as chief editor of Ming Pao in January.