Veteran journalist Lo Fu, who headed the former New Evening Post, died at his Hong Kong home Friday morning, RTHK reported. He was 93.
Lo was born in Guilin in 1921 and moved to Hong Kong in 1947, joining the Communist Party the following year. He served as the chief editor of pro-Beijing Ta Kung Pao before signing on in the same role with the New Evening Post.
Despite his party membership, he was accused of spying and put under house arrest in Beijing in 1982 while on one of his many trips to the mainland. He spent a decade under house arrest and returned to Hong Kong in 1993.
Political commentator Lau Yiu-siu said Lo made a great contribution to press freedom in the city. “He was the first among the leftists to make an apology to victims of the June 4th Incident,” Lau said.
Lo was a pioneer in serializing martial arts novels in newspapers, aiding the rise of kung fu fiction masters Louis Cha and Liang Yusheng.
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