The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong (FCC) released a statement on Friday calling for the police to speed up its search for the person behind the chopper attack on journalist Kevin Lau Chun-to in 2014, exactly two years after the incident.
Lau, who was formerly editor-in-chief of Ming Pao, was attacked in February 2014 as he left his car in Sai Wan Ho. He suffered six wounds to his back and leg, with the longest measuring one around 16cm. Lau endured long periods of physiotherapy as a result.
Although there is no evidence the attack was connected to Lau’s journalism, the FCC quoted him as saying that only when the perpetrator is found “will the shadow cast on journalists by this violent attack be lifted.”
The club urged the police to make public the progress it has made on the case.
“It is essential for the continued freedom of the press in Hong Kong as well the public’s confidence in the rule of law that the mastermind behind the attack on Mr Lau is eventually brought to justice,” it said.
Lau’s attackers, Yip Kim-wah and Wong Chi-wah, were sentenced to 19 years in jail on August 21, 2015 for causing grievous bodily harm with intent. They “had consistently refused to reveal who had hired them,” the FCC said. Both the attackers had admitted in their witness statements to receiving HK$100,000 each to “teach Lau a lesson”.