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“I’m fed up with Ming Pao’s quiet cultivation of idiots over all these years!” (讀者齊撐!守護明報編採部/House News)

Hong Kong’s premier Chinese-language newspaper Ming Pao (明报) was shaken by the reassignment of its chief editor, Kevin Lau Chun-to (刘进图) in early January 2014. Protesters and Ming Pao staff are concerned that the sudden signals Beijing’s encroachment on the city’s independent reportage.

Lau was brutally stabbed on February 27 in what police sources have referred to as a “classic triad hit… designed to send a warning.”

Lawyer and former Ming Pao writer Margaret Ng told the New York Times that “If Ming Pao goes down, it does mean that the lights go out.” Lau was replaced by Chong Tien-siong, a Malaysian newspaper editor who has supported compulsory “patriotic education” in Hong Kong schools. Patriotic education was successfully blocked by summer-long protests and the threat of a teachers’ strike in 2012.

See also attack on Kevin Lau.


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