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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Beijing must ensure people's right to privacy

    Posted Apr 01st 2013, 12:00am by ZHOU ZUNYOU

    ... The case of Li Guanfeng, the 17-year-old son of the prominent People's Liberation Army singing artist Li Shuangjiang, is hitting the headlines again. A defence lawyer publicised a sternly ... human rights instruments. It is also a crucial element of human dignity and other individual freedoms. The right to privacy enables a person to be free from outside intrusion both from state ...

  2. Rule on flat sales does not flout free speech

    Posted May 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... not only can free expression in politics and commerce be largely equated, but unless you protect the latter, the former will be placed in danger. The experience in Australia shows this is not true. ... to draw a clear distinction between political free expression and commercial speech. This is the best way to guard against our valued Basic Law rights being put to work in socially damaging ways ...

  3. Australian take on free speech hardly the only one HK's law should consider

    Posted Jun 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... I refer to the article by Richard Cullen, visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong ('Rule on flat sales does not flout free speech', May 28). While we have no doubt ... that Australia's interpretation of free speech is somehow superior to that of the US or Canada, which he describes as 'misguided', and that Hong Kong should look to Australia when deciding what ...

  4. Surgeon charged in scam goes free

    Posted Mar 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Diana Lee diana.lee@scmp.com A surgeon charged over a Hong Kong Jockey Club membership scam walked free yesterday and will testify against one of the nine co-accused in the 2009 fraud, ... on the court file. Two other defendants, Ho Wai-shek and Dipo Chandiram Sani, a well-known member of the Indian community, also walked free after no evidence was presented against them. Cheng Huan, SC, ...

  5. Court ruling an unfair blow to free speech

    Posted Oct 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... then their options in a free society were to respond with more and better speech (such as a letter to the editor) or, if they believed the columnist had truly crossed the line, a full-dress defamation suit. ... liable for violating these provisions. The decision is a disaster for free speech. The ruling, written by Justice Mordecai Bromberg, will have a chilling effect on the discussion of racial ...

  6. Police getting free sex, prostitute survey claims

    Posted Aug 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Adrian Wan adrian.wan@scmp.com Undercover police had sex with prostitutes and free massages before arresting the women involved, a survey of sex workers has found. There were 34 cases ... In five cases, undercover police received free massages, and four others received free sexual services. Other forms of abuse included repeated or 'excessive' licence checks and premises ...

  7. Athlete free after bribery appeal

    Posted Aug 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Austin Chiu austin.chiu@scmp.com Asian Games bodybuilding champion Chan Yun-to, jailed last year for bribing an official to shorten a ban from competition for failing a drug test, was freed yesterday after winning an appeal. Chan, who won a gold medal at ...

  8. Man, 75, who set fire to flat with three inside walks free

    Posted Aug 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Austin Chiu austin.chiu@scmp.com An elderly man who locked his girlfriend and her two sons in a flat before setting it on fire after she hadkicked him out escaped being sent to jail yesterday. Ho Shek, 75, a retired beef hawker, was thrown out after one o ...

  9. Teen effectively walks free over gang abuse of mentally disabled man

    Posted Jul 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Austin Chiu austin.chiu@scmp.com A 16-year-old girl who, together with six others, brutalised and sexually abused a mentally retarded man was yesterday ordered to pay a HK$23,000 fine or serve nine months in jail. When her lawyer asked how much time the g ...

  10. Group to give men accused of sex crimes free legal aid

    Posted Jun 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... be affected.' Yum said his group would be non-profit and give free legal advice. Yum, who is heading People Power's strategy team in Kowloon East for November's district council elections, ...




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