Public attention shifts quickly. The brutal attack on Kevin Lau, former editor of Ming Pao, has become history. But has Hong Kong returned to normal? I don't think so.
True, no one knows the motive behind the attack. But one thing is for sure: the incident sparked fear among journalists, and was a slap in the face for press freedom in Hong Kong. This year, the city ranked 61st worldwide on the press freedom index, compared to 18th in 2002.
With the influx of mainlanders and the heated debate about universal suffrage, the city is changing. The business-as-usual approach can no longer work here. It's time to react to these changes.