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Newspaper executives attacked in Hong Kong, prompting press freedom concerns

Hong Kong Morning News Media Group, Ltd. Vice President and Director Lei Lun-han and senior executive Lam Kin-ming, whose employer is preparing to launch a news publication, were attacked during their lunch break on Wednesday by four men wielding pipes.
By JC Finley   |   March 20, 2014 at 5:16 PM   |   Comments

March 20 (UPI) -- Four men wielding pipes attacked two senior newspaper executives in Hong Kong on Wednesday, prompting concerns about press freedom.

Hong Kong Morning News Media Group, Ltd. Vice President and Director Lei Lun-han and senior executive Lam Kin-ming were attacked during their lunch break outside the Science Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui on Wednesday. They were treated for their injuries at a hospital and released.

On Thursday morning, police arrested a 30 year-old man suspected of involvement in the attack.

At the time of the assault, Hong Kong Morning News Media Group was planning to launch a news publication later in the year.

In early 2014, thousands protested in Hong Kong against perceived Chinese Communist Party control over media in Hong Kong. In February, Kevin Lau, the former editor of Ming Pao, a hard-hitting Hong Kong newspaper, was seriously wounded in a cleaver attack and remains hospitalized.

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