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Hong Kong editor at centre of protests stabbed; in critical condition

Published on Feb 26, 2014 2:41 PM

HONG KONG (AFP) - The former editor of a liberal Hong Kong newspaper, whose sidelining triggered protests over media freedom and Beijing's influence in the territory, is in a critical condition after being stabbed, authorities said Wednesday.

Kevin Lau, former editor of the Ming Pao newspaper, was attacked in broad daylight by an unknown number of assailants who escaped on a motorbike in the Chai Wan district where the newspaper's headquarters is located, police said.

"He was conscious, but had injuries to his back and was then sent to hospital," a police spokeswoman told AFP. A government spokesman said Lau was in a critical condition.

Lau was replaced in January by a pro-Beijing editor from Malaysia, prompting protests by staff who feared the move was an attempt to stifle the paper's strong track record of investigative reporting.

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