Violence Against Media in Hong Kong Is Seen as Tied to China

A spate of violence against media companies in Hong Kong is being seen as a new round of intimidation by the Chinese regime.
Violence Against Media in Hong Kong Is Seen as Tied to China
Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai on Dec. 11, 2014. His mansion and the Next Media building were firebombed on Jan. 12, 2015, and Hong Kong people are concerned the attacks were connected to the Chinese regime. (Yu Kong/Epoch Times)
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The recent spate of violence against media companies in Hong Kong is being understood as a new round of raw intimidation by the Chinese regime, trying to suppress freedom of speech in the region.

Most recently it was the firebombing of the offices of Next Media, which runs the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily, and the home of its former proprietor, the outspoken Jimmy Lai, on Jan. 11, that triggered the wave of concern.

“These are obvious acts by gangsters,” said Ching Cheong, a well-known senior political reporter and commentator with the Singaporean newspaper The Straits Times, in an interview with Epoch Times.