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The arson attack on the office of British chargé d'affaires and the murder of Lam Bun

Gary Ka-wai Cheung

in Hong Kong's Watershed

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9789622090897
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207011 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622090897.003.0009
The arson attack on the office of British chargé d'affaires and the murder of Lam Bun

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The colonial government considered that “seditious” articles published by leftist newspapers had undermined public morale and was eager to take action against them. Governor Trench had suggested taking action against Wen Wei Po, a major pro-Beijing newspaper in Hong Kong, as one of the measures to maintain public confidence. London agreed with the governor's plan although it called for caution and prior consultation from the governor before taking any action. The Commonwealth Office also sounded a cautious note about the effectiveness of the action, explaining that it might curb activities of leading communist papers, especially the two mainland-owned ones. Several media shows were closed down. The British chargé d'affaires was burned and Lam Bun, known for his sarcastic criticism and condemnation of the extremist actions of the leftists, was killed.

Keywords: Lam Bun; arson; leftist newspapers; Governor Trench; Commonwealth Office; British chargé d'affaires; Wen Wei Po

Chapter.  6005 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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