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Hundreds gather in Hong Kong to protest editor's dismissal

  • Protesters try to pierce balloons during a rally outside the Ming Pao's office building in Hong Kong Monday, May 2, 2016. Around 400 people gathered Monday in Hong Kong to protest the dismissal of a veteran editor of the Ming Pao that has triggered concerns about waning press freedoms in the semiautonomous Chinese territory. The Chinese words on placard is read " To Guard Journalists, To Guard Ming Pao, To Guard Press Freedom". (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

    Protesters try to pierce balloons during a rally outside the Ming Pao's office building in Hong Kong Monday, May 2, 2016. Around 400 people gathered Monday in Hong Kong to protest the dismissal of a veteran editor of the Ming Pao that has triggered concerns about waning press freedoms in the semiautonomous Chinese territory. The Chinese words on placard is read " To Guard Journalists, To Guard Ming Pao, To Guard Press Freedom". (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)  (The Associated Press)

  • Protesters gather outside the Ming Pao's office building during a rally in Hong Kong Monday, May 2, 2016. Around 400 people gathered Monday in Hong Kong to protest the dismissal of a veteran editor of the Ming Pao that has triggered concerns about waning press freedoms in the semiautonomous Chinese territory. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

    Protesters gather outside the Ming Pao's office building during a rally in Hong Kong Monday, May 2, 2016. Around 400 people gathered Monday in Hong Kong to protest the dismissal of a veteran editor of the Ming Pao that has triggered concerns about waning press freedoms in the semiautonomous Chinese territory. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)  (The Associated Press)

  • A placard featuring with a China national flag and Chinese words "Ming Pao Can't Protect Press Freedom" is left with balloons as protesters gather outside the Ming Pao's office building during a rally in Hong Kong Monday, May 2, 2016. Around 400 people gathered Monday in Hong Kong to protest the dismissal of a veteran editor of the Ming Pao that has triggered concerns about waning press freedoms in the semiautonomous Chinese territory. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

    A placard featuring with a China national flag and Chinese words "Ming Pao Can't Protect Press Freedom" is left with balloons as protesters gather outside the Ming Pao's office building during a rally in Hong Kong Monday, May 2, 2016. Around 400 people gathered Monday in Hong Kong to protest the dismissal of a veteran editor of the Ming Pao that has triggered concerns about waning press freedoms in the semiautonomous Chinese territory. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)  (The Associated Press)

Around 400 people have gathered in Hong Kong to protest a veteran newspaper editor's dismissal that triggered concerns about press freedom in the semiautonomous Chinese territory.

The dismissal last month of the Ming Pao newspaper's No. 2 editor, Keung Kwok-yuen, came after the newspaper published a report on the "Panama Papers" document leak revealing offshore business dealings of the rich and powerful. The newspaper said Keung was dismissed to save operating costs.

The South China Morning Post said journalists, activists and politicians attended the rally Monday outside the Ming Pao Industrial Center. Protesters carried signs saying "protect journalists, protect Ming Pao, protect press freedom."

Anxiety has grown in recent years among many in Hong Kong about Beijing's growing influence on the territory.