FCC Condemns Beating of Two HK Media Executives

The FCC condemns the latest attack on senior figures in Hong Kong’s media industry, which comes less than a month after the brutal stabbing of former Ming Pao chief editor Kevin Lau.
This new assault was carried out by four pipe-wielding men in broad daylight outside the Science Museum, a major landmark frequented heavily by tourists and school groups, in Tsim Sha Tsui.
The violence was targeted at Ms Lei Lun-han, vice president and director of Hong Kong Morning News Media Group Ltd, and the company’s senior executive Mr Lam Kin-ming. The pair were taken to hospital for treatment.
The group, which is preparing to launch a new publication, said last month it was formed by veteran journalists and was locally funded with no mainland links. 
We welcome a pledge made by police to spare no effort in hunting down the perpetrators, and we await the results.
After the attack on Kevin Lau, who remains in hospital with grave injuries, this latest incident only underscores the deepening shadows being cast over the media landscape in Hong Kong from violence, intimidation and interference by political and commercial interests. 
The FCC Board


19 March 2014