Thursday, 27 February 2014

Condemnation and Sympathy

It is a relief to read that former Ming Pao editor Kevin Lau Chun-to is stable after his surgery and can communicate by writing. However he needs his rest before he can give a statement to the police to further their investigation of who did this horrific attack on him yesterday morning.

Everyone has been talking about the incident and how it sends shivers down their backs.

Other than Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and the Hong Kong Journalists Association, one of the first diplomats to give a statement was US Consul Clifford Hart.

His statement read in part: "We welcome the Hong Kong Government's condemnation of this vicious crime and commitment to conduct a thorough investigation to bring the perpetrators swiftly to justice".

Today the European Union also issued a statement along the same lines.

There was speculation that perhaps Lau was involved with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists due to Ming Pao's reports of the business affairs of senior Chinese officials.

While the ICIJ didn't believe there was evidence to link the two, it was concerned that the incident "does reflect the real concern and anxiety felt by many in the Hong Kong press corps over continuing threats to press freedom".

This incident needs to be reported around the world so that people know what is happening here in terms of freedom of speech and rule of law... that they are fast eroding.

Of the attacks on journalists and commentators that have happened over the years, hardly any of them have been brought to justice.

Doesn't it also seem strange that not a peep has been heard from either Beijing or the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office about Lau's attack?

One would think it would be the diplomatic thing to do...

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