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Attack on Kevin Lau, Press Freedom March, Chinese Investor Emigration (28 Feb 2014)


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The attack on former Ming Pao chief editor Kevin Lau this week has increased concerns about Hong Kong press freedom and freedom of speech. According to his surgeons, Kevin Lau received six knife or chopper wounds, on his shoulders, back and both legs. The open wounds on his back and legs were the most severe. During his period as editor, the paper had strongly featured such incidents as the suspicious death of Chinese dissident Li Wangyang, Hong Kong’s protests against the introduction of national education, and the denial of a licence to HKTV. He had also playe a role in investigating the offshore funds of important mainland officials and their families. In the wake of that attack, many journalists are feeling that the concerns expressed in last Sunday’s march for press freedom, which we also examine this week, have only been confirmed. Emigration from Hong Kong seems to be on the increase again, with more people seeing Taiwan, Canada, and the united States as options offering bluer skies, more breathable air, and fewer political fears. The number of emigrants for the first half of 2013 was 3,900, 8.3% higher than for the same period the year before. Meanwhile more mainland Chinese are seeing Hong Kong as an attractive place to move their families, but they are also going to United States, Canada, and Australia, among other places. 

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Publish Date: 
Friday, February 28, 2014
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