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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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Dai Muff
It has been accused of it but denied it.
It is mostly, apparently, designed to challenge Apple Daily for market segment.
1) Violence due to freedom of speech, revenge, media turf war
2) Is this case related to Kevin's case, if yes how are they connected
It's still too early to speculate.
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'.
Chris Yu
The punishment is so lenient compared to that in mainland. i am sure those are people from mainland because HK people won't be so violent because of money.
Also, such an assault is common in mainland. HK people won't take that risk.
HK should pick up some tips from Singapore. Gangs run HK, not law. Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew locked up the Singapore good-for-nothing low life form leeches who think they are so great (aka gangsters) without trial for years already - Singapore streets are now safe, and law abiding folks can live in peace.
Formerly ******
Well, Singapore (i've been there several times and think that it's a great place, but it doesn't have true freedom) is safe, but so is Tokyo and the Japanese have a much more open political society (again, I've been there many times).
Mexico's problem is that its government is corrupt and, invariably, a corrupt government will produce only a corrupt and violent society.
Of course, legalizing all drugs and prostitution would put out of business most gangs. While Singapore has legalized one and not the other, the US federal system has legalized both in some states.
As for your comment about criminals, I agree. Until 1968, the US allowed for the concept of "outlaw." This meant that one declared by a court to be an outlaw was deemed to be outside of the protection of the laws in regard to the person's self and property. The RICO law in the US is a milder version of this legal concept.
As for anything else, beyond the concept of outlaw for the incorrigible, a society is safer when the people don't fear the government, but, rather, the government fears the people.
Good and bad to every society, but agree that if everyone is law abiding (meaning excluding killers, rapists, terrorists, gangsters, racketeers etc), then the government needs to be for the people and subject to the people.
Of course, they should be incorrupt as well, and both HK, Singapore and japan are all relatively corruption free. Main thing is that gangsters need to be controlled. Japan's yakuza is quite strong (but I've met some of their runners - they are extremely polite and well dressed for gangsters!), but seems to be under control. I don't see news of them randomly attacking journalists... HK may need something like the outlaw rule in the old USA to deal with these people.
Good information on these laws. You are very well informed and I've learnt some things today (eg RICO!)
It is difficult or even impossible to find out evidence to show that the press freedom of Hong Kong is under threats. Yet, we should be clear that it is the feeling of the public determining if the freedom is harmed, so proof may not be necessary.
Here comes another protest on the way for journalism freedom and etc. etc. etc..................Oh brother.
Dai Muff
Maybe people should stop beating up journalists to save you from the pain.



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