Saturday, May 30, 2015Saturday, May 30, 2015

Condition of severely wounded Hong Kong editor improving as police tap informants

Published on Feb 28, 2014 1:28 PM

HONG KONG (AFP) - The condition of the former editor of a Hong Kong newspaper severely wounded in a savage attack was improving, officials said on Friday, as detectives were reportedly tapping underworld informants for leads in the case.

Mr Kevin Lau, former editor of the liberal newspaper Ming Pao, was left fighting for life after two men attacked him with a cleaver on Wednesday but he was slowly improving and had regained consciousness.

"His situation has improved from critical to serious this morning," a government spokesman told AFP.

The news came as a new group of journalist and news organisations said it would stage a rally on Sunday to condemn violence against the media following the attack which has stoked fresh concerns for press freedom in the city.

Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!