Hong Kong newspaper editor Kevin Lau, who became the center of controversy last month after being sacked from his post, is fighting for his life after being stabbed multiple times by an unknown attacker in Hong Kong, police say.
Lau, who was walking to his car at the time of the attack early Wednesday, was left bleeding with life-threatening injuries to a lung, his wife told journalists. Lau was taken to the city’s Eastern Hospital.
The assailant escaped after jumping onto a motorcycle that was being driven by another man, police say.
Last month, journalists were outraged when Lau was suddenly sacked from his post as the chief editor of Ming Pao, a newspaper known for its hard-hitting reporting on China. Over 90% of Lau’s staff filed a petition demanding an explanation for Lau’s removal, and some Ming Pao writers left their columns blank in protest.