For the fourth successive day on Wednesday, a few reporters at Hong Kong’s prestigious broadsheet, Ming Pao, left their spaces clear.
The surprising dissent is a piece of a remarkable staff revolt at the freely minded daily paper, taking after a week ago’s startling terminating of official boss editorial manager Keung Kwok-yuen.
The rejection was reported around the same time the paper distributed front page stories connecting nearby big shots, government officials and famous people with a law office at the focal point of the Panama Papers spill.
The daily paper said his sacking was a cost-cutting measure.
In any case, the Ming Pao Staff Association, a union that speaks to more than half of the paper’s 300 article staff, has freely said the terminating was because of Mr Keung’s publication position.
In an announcement taking after the sacking, the affiliation called him the “spirit” of the news group: “Mr Keung is a veteran columnist who has initiated the scope of significant discussions in Hong Kong in the previous decades.
“Among them were the 2003 rally against the national security law, the 2012 battle against national instruction, and also the passing of territory political protester Li Wang-yan.”
Secretly, a few workers have told the BBC they trust the liberal-inclining Mr Keung was not give up on account of the Panama Papers uncover – but since of the approaching decisions in Hong Kong.