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Hong Kong police investigate cleaver attack on former newspaper editor

Published on Feb 27, 2014 2:28 PM

HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong police were on Thursday investigating an attack on a former newspaper editor who is in a critical condition after being hacked with a cleaver, the latest incident to stoke fears over media freedom in the territory.

The attack on Mr Kevin Lau, former editor of the liberal Ming Pao newspaper, has sparked condemnation from the US and press groups at a time of growing unease over media rights in the southern Chinese city.

"Officers are now at the scene and they are investigating," a police spokeswoman told AFP.

Mr Lau, who was known for his hard-hitting political investigations, was attacked on Wednesday by two men who escaped on a motorbike in the Chai Wan district where the newspaper's headquarters are located.

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