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“Now is the worst time – and the best time – to be a journalist in Hong Kong”
4 May 2015
We are proud to announce journalist Kevin Lau Chun-to as the Distinguished Guest Speaker at the 2014 Awards Ceremony on 9 May.
On 26 February 2014, Mr. Lau, who had served as editor of the Ming Pao newspaper, was attacked on the streets of Hong Kong by knife-wielding assailants and nearly lost his life. At the time of the assault, he had been at the center of a press-freedom controversy following his removal from the paper’s editorship. He had held the post for only two years, during which Ming Pao conducted investigations into politically sensitive topics, including Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. It also joined an investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists into offshore bank accounts held by members of the Chinese elite. After the stabbing attack, thousands of local and overseas journalists marched to show their support for him and to voice concern about the pressures on press freedom in Hong Kong.
Mr. Lau is COO of Medianet Resources Ltd., responsible for new media development and education publishing. He joined Ming Pao in 1995 and has served as editorial writer, Beijing Bureau Chief, Executive Chief Editor and Chief Editor. He previously worked at the Hong Kong Economic Journal as political news reporter, legal columnist and financial news reporter. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, and sits on the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong News Executives’ Association.