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Hong Kong media vow not to be intimidated after attack on ex-editor

Published on Feb 27, 2014 10:39 PM

HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong journalists vowed on Thursday not to be intimidated by a savage attack on a veteran colleague that has stoked fresh concerns for media freedom, declaring "they can't kill us all".

Mr Kevin Lau - former editor of the liberal newspaper Ming Pao - is in critical condition in hospital after two men attacked him with a cleaver, sparking condemnation from the United States, the European Union and press groups.

The attack came amid mounting concern that China - which also condemned the attack and offered words of support to Lau and his family - is trying to tighten its control over the semi-autonomous territory.

Mr Lau was removed as editor at the daily last month, triggering protests by staff. They feared that replacing him with an editor from Malaysia seen as pro-Beijing was an attempt to stifle the paper's strong track record of investigative reporting.

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