Hong Kong Journalist Stabbed Amid Concerns of Eroding Media Freedoms

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By: Julie Makinen | Los Angeles Times

BEIJING — A recently dismissed Hong Kong newspaper editor was hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday after assailants stabbed him in the back and leg and fled on a motorbike.

The assault on Kevin Lau, whose removal as editor of the Ming Pao daily last month helped spark demonstrations over erosion of media freedoms, shocked a wide swath of the former British territory, which reverted to Chinese rule in 1997.

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