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  • Sep 21, 2014
  • Updated: 9:18am
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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 think there should be some global general rules to govern this, if there is not one already, concerning who should be allowed to vote, so that all countries can apply this consistently for all cases, and people might not need to get all worked up and some people even die. This can be applied in the past to the US civil war, when the south wanted to secede, and now to Kosovo, Ukraine, Tibet or even Taiwan.
All countries and big powers, including China, USA, Russia, France, Germany, uk, Korea, japan etc just needs to agree on a framework.
Formerly ******
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US Civil War was about much more that slavery. It was an agrian society that favored free trade vs. an industrial society that wanted to protect its nascent manufacturing industry.
And, yes, of course, the US and W. Europe have made some big blunders, such as Iraq and Kosovo. But these mistakes pale in comparison to Russia's invasion of the Crimea. The neither the US nor its allies attempted to annex to their countries either Iraq or Kosovo.
Dai Muff
Give HK people a referendum and let's see if there IS a difference.
I am waiting for the Police to say 'there is no evidence the attack is related to journalism.'
You already have the Secretary of Security saying "Hong Kong is a lawful society". What more do you need?
The Police can insist that there is no evidence the attack is related to his involvement in the media but yesterday's attack is different as the 2 victims involved are unlikely to have any connections with each other apart from their involvement in the same newspaper. HK is a lawful society but if there are people who are intent on breaking the law through such cowardly and barbaric acts the Police must put in a good show and try to nab the mastermind. I kow its gonna be difficult but they need to prove they are 'Asia's finest'.
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...
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........
Hong Kong, Asia's World Kindergarten!! Proof me wrong!
Dai Muff
"Hong Kong, Asia's World Kindergarten!! Proof me wrong!
Judging from your grammar, you win.




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