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Sacked Hong Kong newspaper editor Kevin Lau in serious condition after stabbing

The former chief editor of Hong Kong newspaper Ming Pao has been attacked by two assailants armed with knives, according to reports.

Kevin Lau Chun-to, whose controversial sacking from the newspaper late last year has led to street demonstrations over press freedom, has been taken to hospital suffering from three stab wounds, the South China Morning Post is reporting.

Lau has been taken to a local hospital and is in serious condition, according to police, who are looking for two men they believe are connected to the attack.

The assault occurred just after 10am this morning in the Sai Wan Ho neighborhood, as Lau was walking to his car.

The Hong Kong Journalists’ Association condemned the attacked on Lau. In a statement, it told the SCMP: “Journalists consider the incident a serious provocation to the Hong Kong press and freedom of expression.”

“We will now offer our condolences to Mr Lau, and strongly urge the police to severely deal with this case, arresting the culprits to justice as soon as possible, in order to demonstrate to the public action to protect the safety of journalists the ability and determination,” the HKJA said.

Lau’s removal from his post at Ming Pao, and replaced by Malaysian Cheung Kin-por, was a move to censor the Chinese-language newspaper and be more sympathetic to Beijing, demonstrators believe.

Lau is believed to have been dismissed for repeatedly leading the newspaper with stories about HKTV, a television station that was not granted a free-to-air broadcast licence at the end of last year.

Blank spaces have been left in the newspaper by its columnists in protest, and numerous street demonstrations have followed. Around 1,600 people turned out to show their support for press freedom in Hong Kong on Sunday.

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