An unsigned letter with the package referred to an unnamed article in the newspaper from October and demanded a 30 million HK dollar (US$3.8 million) donation to a local charity. Cheung told reporters that he did not know the reason for the bombing. Ming Pao, a respected independent Chinese-language daily, had not been threatened before the attack, Cheung said. Hong Kong's security chief Ambrose Lee said that the authorities would do everything they could to protect the free press and prevent such attacks, which are rare in Hong Kong.
"We condemn this attack on the press in Hong Kong, and call on authorities to safeguard working journalists by tracking down those responsible," said CPJ Executive Director Ann Cooper.