Hong Kong Police Find Cab Driver in Lau Stabbing Case, SCMP Says

Hong Kong police located a taxi driver who picked up a possible suspect in the stabbing of a former newspaper editor, the South China Morning Post reported, citing an unidentified person.

Police found the driver who took a person suspected of the Feb. 26 attack on Kevin Lau, former chief editor of Ming Pao Daily News, to a train station in the city’s Kowloon Tong district, the paper said. The assault had signs of being associated with the Wo Shing Wo triad society, Morning Post said, citing an unidentified police officer.

The police are seeking two assailants who were riding on a motorcycle when they ambushed Lau, 49, and struck him three times with a meat cleaver. The attack fueled concern among Hong Kong’s journalist associations that the city’s press freedom is being eroded. Ming Pao, operated by Media Chinese International Ltd. (685), said it’s reviewing news articles from last year that may have offended people.

Lau was moved from intensive care to a private ward today, according to a report from Radio Television Hong Kong. Journalist groups are organizing a protest tomorrow to march against violence toward the press.

Lau was reassigned from the top editorial role at the newspaper recently, which sparked a protest by staff saying he was being punished for running coverage critical of Hong Kong’s government and China. Leung Chun-ying, the city’s chief executive, said in a statement that the goverment is “extremely concerned and outraged” about the attack.

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