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Hong Kong Police Charge Two in Attack on Former Ming Pao Editor

March 19 (Bloomberg) -- The Hong Kong police charged two men in an attack that left the former chief editor of the Ming Pao Daily News critically hurt.

The two men, both 37, will appear in court tomorrow, the police said in a statement. They were charged with wounding and theft, the police said.

Kevin Lau, 49, was attacked with a meat cleaver as he got out of his car near a restaurant in Sai Wan Ho in the eastern part of Hong Kong Island on Feb. 26. The attack led thousands of people to take to the streets on March 2 to protest what they argued were erosions to the city’s press freedoms.

Lau was removed from the top editorial role at Media Chinese International Ltd.’s Ming Pao in January. The police have said there’s no evidence linking the attack to Lau’s journalism, though they haven’t ruled out any motives.

Ming Pao, a Chinese-language newspaper founded in 1959, is one of the main dailies in Hong Kong.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tan Hwee Ann in Hong Kong at hatan@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Tan Hwee Ann at hatan@bloomberg.net Nicholas Wadhams

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