NEWS – Editor Who Was Attacked Sends Video Message to Media Conference

Hong Kong Media ConferenceKevin Lau Chun-to, the ex-Ming Pao editor, who was almost killed in a meat cleaver attack earlier this year has made a video message for attendees of this weekend’s AAJA 2014 Media Conference at HKU. in the message, Lau thanked supporters for their concern and said he was now able to walk for 15-minutes. He said his recovery may take up to two years and that he hoped the police would use ‘every possible means’ to investigate the incident in February.

Lau was attacked by two men on a motorcycle, suffering stab wounds to his back and legs. The triad-style attack has been linked to the city’s spiralling press freedom.

Also speaking at the conference was photographer Jeff Widener, who – in an interview with CNN’s Kristie Lu Stout – recalled how it was a ‘miracle’ that he managed to even capture his famous ‘Tank Man’ shot and smuggle it out of China…

Subjects covered during the weekend included women leaders in journalism, press freedom in Asia, tips for freelancers and cyber-security. Asia’s bureau chiefs also spoke on the state of the media in the region (video) in a discussion moderated by HKU’s Ying Chan

Hong Kong's Asia bureau chiefs.

HKU’s Ying Chan speaks to Alan Soon, Yahoo, Ted Anthony, AP, David Merritt, Bloomberg, Marc Lavine, AFP and Paul Beckett, WSJ.

On Saturday, the editors of Coconuts, The Shanghaiist and InMedia Hong Kong were joined by some clown from HK’s most poorly named news and culture website to speak about ‘building your own digital domain’ (video).

Media panel about building your own digital domain

Organiser Ramy Inocencio moderates a panel between, Coconuts Director Alex Hotz, Shanghaiist Editor Kenneth Tan, InMedia founder Oi Wan Lam & Hong Wrong founder Tom Grundy.

There was also a gripping panel on war journalism featuring Kevin Sites, Agnes Bun and Silvio Carrillo (video) as well as a discussion on the reporting of ethnic minorities issues (video)…

Ethnic Minority Panel moderated by Joanna Chiu

Joanna Chiu moderates a panel on ethnic minority reporting featuring Eni Lestari, Holing Yip, Gabrielle Paluch, Aideen McLaughlin & Chris Buckley

Most of the weekend’s talks, interviews and panels can be viewed on the JMSC YouTube channel and the N3Con website.

The annual event aims to: “help experienced journalists hone their craft and brush up on new media skills; nurture new journalists and help them attain the skills they need to succeed; foster communication and interaction between foreign journalists and their local counterparts; delve deeper into the biggest stories in Asia with experts and journalists who cover them; and become a platform for open discussion and a sharing of ideas on the challenges of working in Asia.”

A beady eye on cultural events across the territory…

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