Hong Kong ex-editor in press freedom row critical after attack
HONG KONG (AFP) - The former chief editor of a Hong Kong newspaper whose removal from his post triggered protests over press freedom and Beijing's influence was critically ill after being attacked with a cleaver on Wednesday.
Mr Kevin Lau would undergo extensive surgery on his lungs and legs but his life was not in danger, Ronald Chiu, the head of the Hong Kong News Executives Association, told reporters after a conversation with hospital doctors.
Mr Lau, former chief editor of the liberal Ming Pao newspaper, was hacked in broad daylight by two men who escaped on a motorbike in the Chai Wan district.
Mr Lau, who was known for hard-hitting political investigations before being removed from his post in January, was confronted when he got out of his car.