Hong Kong: Two Systems, One Country? The stabbing of a former news editor is a symptom of a broader squeeze on the city’s freedoms.

Samson YUEN, Kitty HO

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Abstract

The brutal attack on the former chief editor of a major Hong Kong newspaper has appalled and shocked this city, where violent crimes are rare. Kevin Lau Chun-to, a veteran journalist who had just stepped down as the chief editor of the respected Ming Pao Daily, was stabbed six times in a hit-and-run attack last week. Fortunately, following surgery, Lau’s condition has now stabilized. But for Hong Kong, the wounds will be more lasting. Not only did the attack leave a permanent scar on the freedom of the local press, it may have also laid bare the erosion of Hong Kong’s self-autonomy under the phony One Country Two Systems.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Diplomat
Publication statusPublished - 8 Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes

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