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  1. Duty left undone

    Posted Aug 17th 2006, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... of the Basic Law and enact legislation to protect our privacy. Article 30 begins: 'The freedom and privacy of communication of Hong Kong residents shall be protected by law. No department or individual may, on any grounds, infringe upon the freedom and privacy of communication of residents.' This is followed by an exception clause: '...except that the relevant authorities may ...

  2. Informant's naming 'breached ICAC duty'

    Posted Aug 15th 2006, 12:00am by Audrey Parwani

    ... of its informers, after the man's identity was revealed in open court even though he had given his evidence from behind a screen. The witness, who refers to himself as Rock 7, had disclosed his identity and personal details during cross-examination, and the information was published in several Chinese-language newspapers, ICAC correspondence with the witness shows. The witness ...

  3. Efforts to curb press freedom must be resisted

    Posted Jun 27th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to enable people to make informed decisions and not be led into a false sense of security. Freedom of the press is a fragile right that needs to be vigorously defended at all times and in all ... It is rare for struggles for a free press to take centre stage simultaneously in two countries with very different reputations so far as the freedom of expression is concerned. ...

  4. Press freedom 'suffering in Asia'

    Posted May 03rd 2006, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... heed of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who in his message last year on World Press Freedom Day said: 'Censorship, the suppression of information, intimidation and interference ... Ravina Shamdasani Press freedom is suffering in the Asian region, according to Bob Dietz, Asia programme co-ordinator of the Committee to Protect Journalists. 'As wealthy as much ...

  5. Vigilance needed to ensure media freedom

    Posted May 03rd 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in upholding democratic values. Its freedom and independence are crucial. Official secrecy and non-accountable management of the flow of information undermine these strengths. The media is not perfect. ... World Press Freedom Day tends to get a little lost among other United Nations days to promote causes such as peace, human rights and the protection of women and children. But it is a time ...

  6. Voltaire Almighty- A Life in Pursuit of Freedom

    Posted Oct 22nd 2006, 12:00am by Tim Cribb

    ... Compiled by Tim Cribb Voltaire Almighty- A Life in Pursuit of Freedom by Roger Pearson Bloomsbury, HK$135 There's a look of mischief about Voltaire in the illustrations selected for Richard Pearson's enjoyable biography Voltaire Almighty. The Oxford professor of French does justice to Voltaire's formidable wit, although he tends to be too informative in his ...

  7. Lack of media freedom opens door to abuses

    Posted May 17th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... undermine or even rival their standing. If blocking the flow of information is what it takes to achieve that, they do not hesitate to take such action. Apart from being a suppression ... sources of information that it could harness to keep the local authorities on their toes. The central government should encourage a free and clean media to flourish as this would help, rather than ...

  8. Journalist's case is a bellwether of freedom

    Posted Jun 17th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for a fifth of the world's population would be enhanced by greater freedom from state control over their lives. Indeed, that has happened in a number of ways. But the rule of law and freedom ... for fraud and leaking state secrets. Zhao is alleged to have given his newspaper information for an article in 2004 that correctly predicted former president Jiang Zemin would step down as chairman ...

  9. Freedom carries responsibility

    Posted Jan 26th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... toes, the media depend on NGOs to feed them with information, while NGOs rely on the media to publicise their views. But what if both are too willing to use each other by cutting corners in presenting the truth? That would be disastrous for the community. Hongkongers enjoy uninhibited rights to free speech and freedom of association, which form the basis of a robust media and an active ...

  10. Lawmakers back broadcast freedom

    Posted Feb 09th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Dikky Sinn Lawmakers last night threw themselves firmly behind the freedom and independence of public broadcasting, and rejected suggestions that it had a duty to promote government policies. They passed a motion urging the government to ensure that public broadcasting in Hong Kong respected editorial independence and freedom of the press. But they voted down an amendment by Li ...




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