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MAC hopes press freedom can be upheld in Hong Kong
Central News Agency
2014-03-03 11:32 PM
Taipei, March 3 (CNA) The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) on Monday expressed hope that the hard-won press freedom in Hong Kong can be upheld after thousands of Hong Kong people marched a day earlier in protest against violence following the brutal attack on Kevin Lau, the former chief editor of the Ming Pao Newspaper. Lau was attacked by a man wielding a chopper in Sai Wan Ho on Feb. 26 and sustained serious injuries to his back and legs. There has been speculation from lawmakers and the public that the assault was related to Ming Pao's reports on corruption in mainland China. The MAC said that the values of press freedom and freedom of speech are universal which Hong Kong has worked hard to achieve. The MAC hopes that such values can be upheld and will not not be compromised in any way. It also said that any differences should be worked out through peaceful and rational dialogue. The MAC said it is adamantly opposed to using violence to solve problems and will continue to monitor developments in the case. (By Scarlett Chai and Lilian Wu)
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