The two men who were found guilty last week of slashing former Ming Pao news editor Kevin Law with a meat cleaver in broad daylight have been sentenced to 19 years in jail each.
Yip Kim-sah and Wong Chi-wah, both aged 39, were convicted at a Hong Kong court on a joint count of causing grievous bodily harm to Lau, and were also found guilty of stealing a motorcycle when the attack was carried out on February 26, 2014.
Yip had previously told police that someone had paid them 100,000 HKD each to attack Lau, although they refused to identify the person.
Just weeks before the knife attack, Lau had been replaced at the newspaper by an editor considered pro-Beijing, a move that triggered protests about the Chinese government’s growing influence on media in the territory.
While the motive behind the crime is still unclear, Lau said last year that he suspected it was linked to his journalistic work, and has urged police to find the person who ordered the violent attack.