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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    No place for bad jokes in Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 01st 2012, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... high". Initially convicted of sending a public electronic message of a "clearly menacing" character, Chambers successfully appealed and there was celebration among civil liberties ... ramifications for internet use. Meanwhile, outside the courts, citizens who believe that a vibrant society can never be too vigilant in the defence of civil liberties understand that it is most unwise ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Planned joint maritime security exercise shows Asean can lead

    Posted Mar 24th 2014, 06:35pm by MARK VALENCIA

    ... annual meeting. That nadir makes the security initiative all the more remarkable. Malaysia and Indonesia have for years fiercely guarded their sovereign rights in the strait. To now put aside ...

  3. Hong Kong's tradition of orderly protest worth protecting

    Posted Sep 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... them. The situation here is complicated because Hong Kong is now part of a nation where protest is effectively outlawed and where the concept of civil liberty is severely curtailed. Hong Kong ... and the smug option for a commentator is to sit on the sidelines and pronounce that both sides have gone too far. As ever, the middle ground is heavily populated but that does not make it the right ...

  4. News - China

    Filipinos back Manila's move to confront China over South China Sea

    Posted Feb 10th 2014, 11:49pm by Raissa Robles

    ... provocative". Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying hit back yesterday, saying that setting up an air defence identification zone was the right of any nation to exercise. "Relevant officials ...

  5. Political reform the key to lasting prosperity, says outgoing US envoy

    Posted Jul 12th 2008, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Cunningham said that he hoped to see a city that would contribute to a stable and prosperous China and maintain its economic freedom, civil liberties and respect for human rights. He ... competitiveness and prosperity, the government should secure political reform, which was considered 'right and necessary' by the public, he said. In his swansong speech to a joint chamber lunch, ...

  6. Chamber stands by survey on civil service pay

    Posted Aug 19th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce has read with dismay the innuendos in continuing press reports that the chamber's 2003 civil service pay comparison was 'biased' and was 'part of a campaign to cut civil servants' salaries' ('Unions urged to reconsider boycott of civil service pay review', August 1). The chamber states emphatically ...

  7. Even a fool has right to speak

    Posted Dec 24th 2010, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... that this law was designed to combat lewd or obscene acts, ruling that it covered anything that caused disgust to right-minded or decent people. This looks very much like an instance of making law ... of this sentiment, but I acknowledge the right for it to be expressed. Upholding free speech means allowing citizens to make stupid and outrageous remarks while reserving appropriate penalties for those who ...

  8. Justice delayed

    Posted Nov 04th 2010, 12:00am by Neville Sarony

    ... chief justice of the US Supreme Court, Warren Burger: 'A sense of confidence in the courts is essential to maintain the fabric of ordered liberty for a free people, and three things could ... exploited in the smaller transactions of daily life come to believe that courts cannot vindicate their legal rights from fraud and over-reaching; that people come to believe the law- in the larger ...

  9. News - China

    Chinese officials fill up first Sansha cruise in disputed seas

    Posted Apr 29th 2013, 03:28pm by Chris Luo, AFP

    ... Chris Luo chris.luo@scmp.com and Agence France-Presse More civil servants than actual tourists climbed aboard the first Chinese cruise ship to visit disputed South China Sea islands on Sunday. Only 100 of 240 passengers were regular citizens, the  Shanghai Morning Post reported on Monday. The rest were civil servants from various government organs in Hainan province. The debut ...

  10. Emerging values

    Posted Apr 06th 2010, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... and contended that the core values of 'liberty, democracy, human rights, rule of law, fairness, social justice, peace and compassion, integrity and transparency, plurality, respect for individuals, ... democracy was listed at all when Hong Kong had only just started its journey of democratisation, or why we did not include patriotism. To us, democracy goes hand in hand with liberty. If freedom ...




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