Date
27 April 2017
Edward Yau, who writes under the pseudonym Kursk, has decided to shut down his blog, saying he needs to 'protect his loved ones'. Photo: Facebook
Edward Yau, who writes under the pseudonym Kursk, has decided to shut down his blog, saying he needs to 'protect his loved ones'. Photo: Facebook

Famed blogger decides to halt political pieces after harassment

Edward Yau, a local school teacher who blogs under the pen name Kursk, has decided to stop writing political commentaries following attacks and harassment by pro-establishment groups.

The popular blogger said over the weekend that he will no longer publish articles on sensitive topics as he wants to “protect the people he loves”.

Although the announcement was made on Saturday, which led to some people speculating that it might be an April Fool’s Day prank, it now seems that the decision is for real.

On April 1, Yau uploaded a “black picture” on to the Kursk Facebook page along with the caption “good night and good luck”.

In an accompanying post, he informed his fans that he will henceforth write articles only for Catholic publications and that he will no longer use the online platform to express political views.

Yau, who has a day job as a liberal studies teacher at a secondary school, said in the message that he had tried everything in the past decade and that he would like to thank all who supported him.

The blogger didn’t go into detail as to what exactly made him opt out of political commentaries, but the decision came after he drew a lot of flak over a critical article on the police, news website HK01.com noted. 

In a recent article, Yau slammed police officers for organizing a rally in support of seven cops who were jailed by a local court for beating up a democracy activist during the 2014 Occupy campaign.

After the commentary was published, pro-establishment circles began attacking Yau, and one pro-Beijing group in particular — Silent Majority — even sent some people to the CNEC Lau Wing Sang Secondary School in Chai Wan where Yau teaches.

At the school, the Silent Majority representatives demanded a meeting with the principal and also contacted other members of the school board to voice their strong objections to Yau’s views. 

Following the harassment and abuse, Yau has now decided to stop writing political pieces, saying he wants to take a break.

He told Ming Pao Daily that he was not under any pressure from his school, but that he felt obliged to do something as the school’s name was being dragged into media glare and students were facing some nuisance.

Asked whether the events can be described as “white terror”, Yau said he would not want to pin such label.

In other comments, Yau said his decision to stop writing should not prompt others from doing the same.

Silent Majority recently published on its website more than six articles that were critical of Kursk, warning that his school and colleagues must not harbor a person who spreads malicious thoughts.

The pro-Beijing group said on Sunday that events prove that a person cannot escape responsibility for his words or actions.

They stressed that their visits to Yau’s school were not threatening in nature, and that they can be described as just the action of concerned citizens.

They also lashed out at sections of the media for publishing “slanderous” accounts of the group’s actions.

Following the latest news on Yau, Ip Kin-yuen, a lawmaker who represents the education functional constituency, said he is worried that teachers who express views critical of authorities are coming under increasing pressure. 

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