When Yeung Siu-kwan learned that Teacup in a Storm host Albert Cheng King-hon had been brutally attacked in 1998, she was among the first to visit him in hospital. Six years later, when she heard another well-known radio host, Wong Yuk-man, had quit, she felt she must stand up and do something. 'I feel we have a responsibility to protect our media, which stands at the frontier in speaking for the public,' says Ms Yeung, 51, who has been a fan of the popular but controversial hosts for eight years. She mustered other supporters of Wong and Cheng to set up Friends of Cheng Taipan and Wong Yuk-man, which now has about 200 members. Taipan is Cheng's nickname. Formally established in June, the association calls for the return of Cheng and Wong to the airwaves and the preservation of freedom of speech in Hong Kong. She says she is a faithful listener of Teacup in a Storm. 'While the programme is on, all I usually do is listen to it,' she says. 'Even though I have housework to do, I won't miss any of the show.' Ms Yeung is now bringing her 13-year-old son up alone with government support. She says she lost out in the break-up of her marriage 10 years ago and was unjustly treated under mainland law. Her ex-husband had another woman in Zhuhai, she says. 'But the law there did not outlaw that. I complained to the All China Women's Federation in Zhuhai but they asked me to go home.' She says the things she appreciates most about Cheng and Wong are their spirit and style. 'They dare to speak for righteousness. They are not afraid of the pressure from the rich and those in power.' After being chosen as convenor of the new association, she says she began to receive threats similar to those that prompted Cheng and Wong to quit. She was stunned to receive a phone call from a man who kept pressing her to give the name of the association's advisers. 'I sensed something was wrong and I kept asking him who he was. Before he cut the line, he just shouted out, 'the liaison office'.' But she could not confirm if the man was really from the central government's Hong Kong liaison office. She says she is prepared to give everything to safeguard freedom of speech. 'Freedom of speech is what makes Hong Kong unique. It is as vital as the air I breathe. 'I hope to preserve an environment where my son can hear voices of righteousness.'