Sing Pao calls police after paint attack on executive's home

February 27, 2017 14:53
Sing Pao chairman Gu Zhuoheng said the attacks on the newspaper's staff have reached a "crazy level". In the latest incident, assailants splashed red paint (inset) on the house of an executive. Photos: HKEJ, Sing Pao

Sing Pao Daily has called the police after assailants splashed red paint on the residence of a member of its management team.

This is the fourth time that the Chinese-language newspaper has called the police in a week's time after members of its management team and editorial staff reported being harassed and stalked by unknown individuals, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Some of the staff have been receiving nuisance calls while others found threatening leaflets around their homes.

Police have classified the latest incident as a case of criminal damage.

Sources at Sing Pao said the harassments started after the newspaper started coming out with stories that are highly critical to the Liaison Office.

Gu Zhuoheng, chairman of Sing Pao Media Enterprises, has refused to stop the publication of such stories, the sources said.

Sing Pao said in a statement that it has gathered evidence suggesting that the criminal acts involved people from the mainland.

It urged the central government to take necessary actions to stop such acts.

Legislator James To from the Democratic Party said the attacks on Sing Pao are blatant infringements on press freedom and achallenge to the police's ability to enforce the law.

To urged police to consider providing personal protection for Sing Pao staff.

Sham Yee-lan, chairperson of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, said she feels frustrated by the violence inflicted on journalists, Apple Daily reported.

Sing Pao quoted its chairman Gu as saying that the attacks on the newspaper staff have reached a “crazy level”.

Gu also said the culture of corruption in the mainland has had a damaging impact on the rule of law and development of democracy in Hong Kong.

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