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  1. War of words, British style

    Posted Aug 10th 2007, 12:00am by Jocelyn Heng

    ... Jocelyn Heng Students crossed swords over key international issues, such as the Beijing Olympics, immigration policies and gay rights, during a debating competition based on the British parliamentary model. The third Hong Kong Parliamentary Debating Society (HKPDS) Summer Workshop was held at New Asia College, Chinese University of Hong Kong, from July 30 to August 3. Four teams ...

  2. And now for a debate about those TV debates

    Posted Mar 20th 2007, 12:00am by Jimmy Cheung

    ... Jimmy Cheung Are chief executive debates just a show for TV viewers or a milestone in Hong Kong's democracy? The chief executive agreed with both views when he reflected on the second historic debate held last week. 'We have demonstrated to the world how we conduct a democratic race. It [the debate] has never happened before in Hong Kong. It's also rare in Asia,' ...

  3. Bullseye on Chan in debates, say academics

    Posted Nov 01st 2007, 12:00am by Jimmy Cheung

    ... Jimmy Cheung Anson Chan Fang On-sang will become the main target of attack in election debates being organised by the media, academics say. Broadcasters including Cable TV, Now TV and RTHK have approached the candidates about televised debates this month. But a source said some were reconsidering their plans given the logistics of organising a debate between the nine registered ...

  4. Man of the people?

    Posted Feb 15th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Even as the chief executive pledges to connect with the people, his campaign office is refusing to budge on his rival's demand that a live TV debate between them take questions from the public. Do you believe his promise? Write to us ...

  5. One election debate, two rules for clapping

    Posted Mar 10th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... you must sit at the back and, whatever you do, don't applaud or ask a question. So say rules agreed for Thursday's second and final debate between the chief executive candidates, ... clapping by audience members at the debate, organised by eight broadcasters and to be televised live from a TVB studio. They agreed each side would be allowed to have 30 to 50 supporters there, ...

  6. 'Viewing figures show more feel involved'

    Posted Mar 17th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Denise Hung About 2.1 million people watched the second election debate, televised live on Thursday night, compared with 1.75 million viewers for the first debate. Political commentator Li Pang-kwong, of Lingnan University, said the bigger audience reflected that the public's sense of involvement in politics had increased slightly. A senior government official said the debates were ...

  7. Official puts brakes on reform debate

    Posted Oct 15th 2007, 12:00am by Ting Shi

    ... Ting Shi in Beijing The frenzied talk of democratic political reforms, both raging on the street and inside party apparatus in the run-up to the congress, now looks likely to be just empty debate. Beijing will never embrace democracy as commonly understood in the rest of the world, according to party congress officials. 'Political reforms are an important component ...

  8. TV debate a vital forum for candidates

    Posted Nov 09th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... A single debate less than a month before the Legco by-election is unlikely to swing votes and decide the outcome. But public debates among aspiring politicians are the lifeblood ... it took place was full. This shows the intense public interest in an election that is widely seen as a referendum on the pace of democratic development in Hong Kong. The debate, in this sense, ...

  9. Candidates make final preparations ahead of tomorrow's televised debate

    Posted Nov 07th 2007, 12:00am by Jimmy Cheung

    ... Jimmy Cheung Anson Chan Fang On-sang has stepped up efforts in preparing for her televised debate tomorrow with Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee and other candidates in next month's Legislative Council by-election. All eight candidates have promised to attend the debate organised by the University of Hong Kong Student Union on the campus tomorrow afternoon. Mrs Chan said yesterday she ...

  10. Candidates to get silent treatment during debate

    Posted Mar 08th 2007, 12:00am by Jimmy Cheung

    ... Jimmy Cheung The chief executive candidates will not win any applause from the audience at next week's televised debate- organisers say anyone who claps risks being ejected. The eight broadcasters running next Thursday's debate say the no-clapping rule was copied from US presidential debates to ensure the event does not overrun its schedule. The decision has angered ...




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