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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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The triads probably approached this newspaper people and offered them cash/capital/business support. It's a good way for triads to keep claws into media organisations. When they got rejected, consequences followed.
It makes you think, how many existing media organisations have benefited from triad generosity. And how our existing media is already being manipulated by organised crime syndicates.
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Did such attacks occur before 1999?
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Thank you.
I see. Thankfully no one injured other than the 2 reported yesterday. Hope it will not further escalate. I agree with you they should give 3 options though, to be fair with the third choice asking if people want to stay with Ukraine. The info that people are intimidated needs to be taken with a pinch of salt as I haven't seen any evidence of that. Just a face off between the troops.
I think either way outcome quite assured since there are more Russians there than other ethnicities. Only question is whether whole Ukraine gets to vote, as a more holistic solution, or just crimeans.
Just the crimeans get to vote.
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.
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There's plenty of evidence of voter intimidation in Crimea against those Crimeans opposed to Russia's actions. Please google "voter intimidation in the Crimean election of March of 2014." You'll get 130K hits. Here's the link: ****www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&biw=&bih=&q=voter+intimidation+in+the+crimean+election+of+March+of+2014&gbv=2&oq=voter+intimidation+in+the+crimean+election+of+March+of+2014&gs_l=heirloom-hp.12...2186.21246.0.24056.
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.
You already have the Secretary of Security saying "Hong Kong is a lawful society". What more do you need?
Oh brother............now the local journalists are gonna stage another protest screaming for journalism freedom............when will these charades end?



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