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Duo behind new newspaper beaten with iron pipes in Tsim Sha Tsui attack

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 19 March, 2014, 6:10pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 March, 2014, 2:58am

Two key figures behind a new Hong Kong newspaper were attacked by four masked men wielding iron pipes yesterday, the second attack on media executives in a month.

Lei Iun-han, 46, director and vice-president of Hong Kong Morning News Media Group, and news controller Lam Kin-ming, 54, were set upon in Tsim Sha Tsui East just after 1pm.

Police said the men, wearing caps, surgical masks and gloves attacked the pair as they walked along Science Museum Road before fleeing in a car.

Lei's nose and knees were injured, as was Lam's right elbow. They were treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital and discharged.

The attack - four weeks after former Ming Pao chief editor Kevin Lau Chun-to was critically injured in a chopping attack in Sai Wan Ho - brought condemnation from Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok.

"Hong Kong is a lawful society. We will not tolerate any savage act. We must condemn such violence," he said.

Deputy chairman of the Legislative Council security panel James To Kun-sun said there was reason to believe the pair were attacked because of their editorial work - and if so it would be another attack on press freedom.

"Does it mean that some people do not want to see the newspaper join the market?" he asked. "It is unlikely [they were assaulted] because of their own personal matters."

The attack also prompted condemnation from the Hong Kong Morning News Media Group and Hong Kong Journalists Association.

Lei is the sole director of the company, which was formed on November 26, according to the company registry. It is not clear when the paper will be launched or if it will be free.

Police appealed for anyone with information to call 9193 3324.



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I am waiting for the Police to say 'there is no evidence the attack is related to journalism.'
Dai Muff
It seems to be open season.
"...Hong Kong is a lawful society. We will not tolerate any savage act. We must condemn such violence...".
As a Hong Kong citizen we must treat such comments, and the actions of our legco, government and law enforcement agencies with greater scrutiny.
We don't care much for any official declaring that "Hong Kong is a lawful society". Coming from the Secretary of Security it sounds more like a declaration that he is doing a good job. Hong Kong MUST BE a lawful society. Whether that status is being undermined due to the crimes that are perpetrated and the inability of the law enforcement agencies to catch those REALLY RESPONSIBLE IS a matter of grave concern.
When we hear our officials declare their intolerance for savage act and condemnation for violence, we MUST DEMAND that they back that up with action. The mastermind behind the attack of Kevin Lau is still at large, and we MUST NOT let our government and law enforcement agencies off the hook until the case (and many previous such cases) is solved.
Words are cheap, Mr. Lai. We want ACCOUNTABILITY.
And for the SCMP to explain to us that it would be really far fetched to think, if only one second, that there is a campaign going on against Hong Kong press freedom...
Dai Muff
Never mind. They will only get charged with "wounding" and get a slap on the wrist.
Just another sign that Beijing views HK gov. as useless and weak, unable to protect the people and the freedom we have.
Terrorism of the people, make them fear speaking out. Attack the distribution of the media first, you better watch out SCMP........
Dai Muff
Only the willfully blind do not see that attacks against news media are getting more prevalent.
Dai Muff
Give HK people a referendum and let's see if there IS a difference.
Dai Muff
Maybe when people stop attacking HK journalists.
Now which side of the political fence are these two journalists from?



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