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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong needs to balance free speech and privacy

    Posted Aug 30th 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Balance privacy and free speech Privacy and freedom of speech are not absolute rights, as we may be reminded when they come into conflict. The privacy watchdog has moved ... should be restricting access to publicly available information. The question is how to strike a balance between protection of privacy and the free flow of information fundamental to Hong ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Thais need free hand to determine their future

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 02:46am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Above all, Thais need freedom Thailand's military has promised a return to democracy, but the interim constitution and parliament it has put in place do not engender hope. The junta has given itself supreme power, raising concern about ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Privacy safeguard threatens core freedoms

    Posted Jun 20th 2014, 02:50am by SCMP Editorial

    ... because of the implications for press freedom, free speech and the free flow of information. The court said Google must comply with requests from individuals to remove links in search results ... inhibiting the flow of information and free speech. The European Parliament has approved a new data protection law that includes "the right to be forgotten", although member countries still ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Do not close the door on Russia

    Posted Aug 01st 2014, 03:55am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Do not close the door on Russia Russia faces being isolated by the West over its perceived unhelpfulness in investigating the downing by a missile of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. President Vladimir Putin's global standing had already been dented for supporting separatism in Ukraine and muzzling the free speech and the rights of sexual minorities in his ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    A fine line for religious leaders

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 03:24am by SCMP Editorial

    ... for a devout member of a church as a politician. Preachers have the same right to vote and comment on political matters as any citizen; it is called free speech. But the prominence of religion means ... should be for sermons and politics for political speeches. Both can create such passions that discussion among people from different backgrounds could easily escalate to heated arguments, hurt ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Foreign health funding can help to raise standards on mainland China

    Posted Sep 05th 2014, 04:28am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Foreign cash a good remedy Social services tend to lag great urban migrations. The mainland's health system is a case in point. Subject to free-market reforms while remaining bound by tight regulation, it was struggling to cope long before urban dwellers became the majority of the population. It still does, despite huge central government outlays over the last ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Imperfect electoral model is still a step forward

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 03:40am by SCMP Editorial

    ... It is in the city's interest to adopt the change and strive for further improvements in future. Those who have been fighting for free democratic elections are understandably outraged by the ruling, which ... suffrage, saying it was designed to screen out hopefuls Beijing dislikes, and does not give voters a genuine free choice. But Beijing insists that the 2017 ballot has national security implications. ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Planning key to free-trade zones

    Posted Jun 11th 2014, 04:19am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Planning key to free-trade zones Competition among mainland provinces and cities is so keen that what one gets that is perceived as beneficial, the others immediately want. The pilot free-trade zone set up in Shanghai eight months ago prompted a clamour for the same by more than 20 entities, and a dozen preliminary applications have already been approved. But economic ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Japan still lags behind in child pornography laws

    Posted Jun 22nd 2014, 03:15am by SCMP Editorial

    ... argued that free speech would be eroded if manga and anime were included in the law, which provides for up to a year in jail and a US$10,000 fine. But free speech can in no circumstances ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hacking scandal should not give excuse to curb press freedom

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 05:11am by SCMP Editorial

    ... is above it. Writing media regulation into law could impinge on the core democratic values of free speech and a free press. In this respect it is worth remembering it was the unfettered inquiries ... SCMP Editorial Don't use law to crush free press Under pressure to adapt to the rise of social media and the internet, the press cannot afford to lose public trust. Nothing ...




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