Masked Men Attack Hong Kong Media Startup Executives, SCMP Says

Masked men attacked two executives with a Hong Kong media startup yesterday, the second assault on members of the industry in the city in the past month, the South China Morning Post reported.

The assailants beat Hong Kong Morning News Media Group Vice President Lei Iun-han and news controller Lam Kin-ming with iron pipes in Tsim Shai Tsui East district just after 1 p.m. local time, according to the newspaper. One of the victims was wounded in the nose and legs, while the other was hurt on the elbow, the newspaper said.

The ambush follows an attack with a meat cleaver that left Kevin Lau, former chief editor of a Chinese-language daily newspaper, critically injured last month. That spurred thousands of people to march demanding protection for the press.

The Hong Kong Journalists Association and the city’s security secretary condemned the latest attack. The Morning News Media Group, formed on Nov. 26, hasn’t started a newspaper, SCMP said.

Lei was previously vice president at the Oriental Daily News, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported today, citing the startup’s news director. The director said there were no signs the attack was linked to press freedom, HKEJ said.

Lam was also a former staff at Oriental and at The Sun, both newspapers under the Oriental Press Group Ltd., according to the HKEJ.

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