‘Death knell’ of press freedom in Hong Kong

Hong Kong (CNN)Every day before work, Kevin Lau stopped for breakfast at a restaurant in Sai Wan Ho, a residential area in eastern Hong Kong. It was a routine as ingrained in him as brushing his teeth, and it nearly cost him his life.

On a morning in February 2014, Lau — a senior editor at the popular, upmarket daily Ming Pao — had parked his car on a street near the restaurant when two men, wearing motorcycle helmets and gloves, rushed up to him. One slashed at Lau with a meat cleaver, knocking him to the floor, where he lay bleeding with deep wounds in his back and legs as his assailants ran off.
With what a court later described as “superhuman calm,” Lau phoned for an ambulance, and was rushed to hospital. He survived, and two men with triad links — Yip Kim-wah and Wong Chi-wah — were arrested and charged with grievous bodily harm.

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