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Hong Kong media vow not to be intimidated after attack

Hong Kong journalists Thursday vowed they would not be intimidated by a brutal attack on a veteran colleague that has stoked fresh concerns for media freedom, declaring "they can't kill us all". Kevin Lau -- former editor of the liberal newspaper Ming Pao -- is in a critical condition in hospital after two men attacked him with a cleaver, sparking condemnation from the United States, the European Union and press groups.

Spain's El Pais newspaper appoints new director

Spain's top-selling daily newspaper El Pais on Wednesday appointed a new director, a month after its main rival El Mundo ousted its top editor at a time of dwindling circulation and falling advertising. Antonio Cano, El Pais's long-time Washington correspondent, will take over on May 4 from Javier Moreno, whose departure after eight years at the helm of the paper was announced last week, El Pais said in a statement. Cano, a 56-year-old father of three, worked at Spanish news agency EFE before joining the centre-left newspaper in 1982.

Former editor of Hong Kong newspaper stabbed amid media tensions

By James Pomfret and Alice Woodhouse HONG KONG (Reuters) - A former chief editor of a major Hong Kong newspaper known for its critical reporting was stabbed and seriously wounded on Wednesday in an attack likely to fuel concern among journalists about what many see as an erosion of media freedoms. A man in a helmet attacked Kevin Lau Chun-to, former chief editor of the Ming Pao daily, slashing him in the back several times. The assailant rode off on a motorcycle with an accomplice.

FCC looks to ban joint TV ad-sales deals in same local market: WSJ

(Reuters) - The chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission plans a proposal on media-ownership rules that would make it harder for broadcast companies to control two TV stations in the same local market by using the same advertising sales staff, the Wall Street Journal reported citing people familiar with the matter. U.S. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is likely to make the long-awaited order public in the coming weeks and a five-member commission is expected to vote on it next month, WSJ said.

(Olympics) S. Korea reaches semis in men's team pursuit speed skating

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korea on Friday reached the semifinals in the men's team pursuit speed skating event at the Sochi Winter Olympics. The trio of Lee Seung-hoon, Joo Hyong-jun and Kim Cheol-min finished the eight-lap race in 3:40.84 to beat Russia, which finished in 3:44.22. In the semis, set for later Friday, South Korea will take on Canada. In the team pursuit race, two nations go head to head from the opposite sides of the oval, and their times are measured when the third skater on their team crosses the finish line.

(Olympics) S. Korea reaches semis in men's team pursuit speed skating

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korea on Friday reached the semifinals in the men's team pursuit speed skating event at the Sochi Winter Olympics. The trio of Lee Seung-hoon, Joo Hyong-jun and Kim Cheol-min finished the eight-lap race in 3:40.84 to beat Russia, which finished in 3:44.22. In the semis, set for later Friday, South Korea will take on Canada. In the team pursuit race, two nations go head to head from the opposite sides of the oval, and their times are measured when the third skater on their team crosses the finish line.

(Olympics) Short tracker Shim Suk-hee wins silver in women's 1,500 meters

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 15 (Yonhap) -- South Korean short tracker Shim Suk-hee won the silver medal in the women's 1,500m at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Saturday. The 17-year-old earned her first Olympic medal in the final at Iceberg Skating Palace, finishing just behind Zhou Yang of China. Arianna Fontana of Italy grabbed the bronze. Zhou defended her Olympic gold in 2:19.140, while Shim clocked at 2:19.239 followed by Fontana at 2:19.416. A second South Korean in the final, Kim A-lang, received a penalty for her role in a collision with Li Jianrou of China.

(Olympics) Short tracker Shim Suk-hee wins silver in women's 1,500 meters

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 15 (Yonhap) -- South Korean short tracker Shim Suk-hee won the silver medal in the women's 1,500m at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Saturday. The 17-year-old earned her first Olympic medal in the final at Iceberg Skating Palace, finishing just behind Zhou Yang of China. Arianna Fontana of Italy grabbed the bronze. Zhou defended her Olympic gold in 2:19.140, while Shim clocked at 2:19.239 followed by Fontana at 2:19.416. A second South Korean in the final, Kim A-lang, received a penalty for her role in a collision with Li Jianrou of China.

(Olympics) Short tracker reaches semifinals in women's 500 meters

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 13 (Yonhap) -- South Korean short tracker Park Seung-hi advanced to the semifinals in the women's 500 meters on Thursday at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Park was the only one among three South Koreans to survive the quarterfinals at Iceberg Skating Palace. Her teammates, Shim Suk-hee and Kim A-lang, came up short. In the quarters, 16 skaters were paired into four groups of four, with the top two from each group advancing to the next stage.

Newspaper owner gets prison term for embezzlement

SEOUL, Feb. 11 (Yonhap) -- A Seoul court on Tuesday sentenced the chief of one of the country's major newspapers to three years behind bars for embezzling tens of millions of dollars. Chang Jae-ku, chairman of the Hankook Ilbo media group that includes several dailies, magazines and a cable television channel, was found guilty of embezzling company funds worth a total of 45.6 billion won (US$40.8 million) from the Hankook Ilbo -- the group's flagship newspaper -- and its sister publication the Seoul Economic Daily.
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