TORONTO, Feb. 26, 2014 /CNW/ - Staff at Ming Pao Daily Toronto and their
union, Unifor, are horrified by the savage daylight stabbing of a
respected Hong Kong journalist, seen by many as a leading advocate of
press freedom and democracy.
"Attacks on members of the press in Hong Kong have been increasing,"
said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. "The violence has to stop."
"We join a shocked and outraged global community in condemning the
violence against Hong Kong journalists who believe in freedom of the
press and its importance to democracy, and urge Hong Kong authorities
to relentlessly pursue the perpetrators of these crimes," Dias said.
Kevin Lau, former chief editor of Ming Pao Daily Hong Kong was attacked
by cleaver-wielding assailants in broad daylight in Hong Kong on
Tuesday morning. According to Hong Kong media, Lau's cleaver wounds
were so deep his chest cavity and internal organs were left exposed.
Last month, Lau was unexpectedly removed from his top job at the
newspaper and replaced by a Malaysian journalist considered by many to
be more pro-Beijing. The dismissal touched off local press freedom
protests and led to Ming Pao Hong Kong staffers forming a union.
"We are horrified by this brutal attack that has left Mr. Lau fighting
for his life," said Joseph Man Ho Kwok, chair of unionized workers at
Ming Pao Toronto, one of Canada's largest Chinese-language daily
"As Chinese-Canadian media workers, we understand the importance of a
free and independent press. Such a brutal attack on our respected
colleague is an attack on us all."
Ming Pao Daily Toronto is one of 34 newspaper and other media outlets in
Unifor Local 87-M (Southern Ontario Newsmedia Guild), which includes
Sing Tao Daily, the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto
Unifor is Canada's largest private-sector union with over 300,000
members, including 13,000 in newspapers, broadcasting and printing.
For further information:
For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Staff representative Stuart Laidlaw at Stuart.Laidlaw@Unifor.org or (cell) 647-385-4054, or Unifor Media Director Howard Law at Howard.Law@Unifor.org or (cell) 416-456-1875, or Ming Pao Unit Chair Joseph Man Ho Kwok at (cell) 416-543-2211