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  1. Freedom of information law the only logical step

    Posted Feb 27th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... would be implementation of a freedom of information law. Many governments have put such legislation in place. They do so knowing that transparency and openness are essential for growth ... is imperative. Media freedom would be ensured and people would have the right to access information held by public authorities, subject to well-defined exemptions. This is essential for a transparent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/671377/freedom-information-law-only-logical-step
  2. Ombudsman probes government's access to information code

    Posted Feb 27th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and enforcement mechanisms. What is really needed is a stronger freedom of information law, with the capacity for judicial review.' A government spokesman said it would co-operate with the inquiry. ... Albert Wong The Ombudsman has launched an investigation into the government's access to information code, citing 'a lack of understanding' on the part of public servants ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/671351/ombudsman-probes-governments-access-information-code
  3. Pan-democrats aim to revive talks on access to official records

    Posted Mar 09th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in 1995 to deflect demands for a freedom of information law. Each government department is expected to have an 'access to information' officer, who handles requests by the public within ... and the Democratic and Civic parties are preparing submissions to advocate a 'freedom of information' law instead of the code. Former lawmaker Christine Loh Kung-wai, who first advocated such a law ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/672631/pan-democrats-aim-revive-talks-access-official-records
  4. Government rules out wider watchdog roles

    Posted Apr 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung Suggestions that there is a need to enact freedom of information legislation or to legally protect whistleblowers who expose wrongdoing by officials have been rejected ... also spoken out on problems regarding public access to government information. But the government rejected the need for freedom of information legislation, saying the code of practice ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/677645/government-rules-out-wider-watchdog-roles
  5. In Brief

    Posted May 07th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Tsang says no to openness law Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has responded to a letter from the Hong Kong Journalists' Association by saying the government will not initiate a freedom of information law. He said the Code on Access to Information 'provided an effective means for the public to access information held by the government. We have no plan to consult ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/679328/brief
  6. Government says it keeps no record of immunity cases

    Posted May 11th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Yuet-mee, an advocate of a freedom of information law, said the response showed 'an utter lack of respect for the public's right to know'. 'Somebody has to grant immunity. ... immunity last year, following a request through the Freedom of Information Act. Suspected offences were mostly related to driving, but also included actual bodily harm, shoplifting and possession ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/679851/government-says-it-keeps-no-record-immunity-cases
  7. Journalists demand probe into data code

    Posted Apr 09th 2009, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... on which the city's model is based. 'We urge you to order the preparation of a consultation document outlining different approaches to freedom of information legislation, to allow ... Ambrose Leung The chief executive should launch a public consultation on how to change the much-criticised code on access to information, the Hong Kong Journalists Association urged ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/676241/journalists-demand-probe-data-code
  8. Letters

    Posted Mar 06th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Records laws underpin public access As a former government records service director I endorse your call for a freedom of information law and greater public access to government information ('Freedom of information law the only logical step', February 27). There are, however, two related issues that should be understood by the public and that deserve the continuing support ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/672283/letters
  9. Let all views be heard, not suppressed in media

    Posted Jun 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The mainland is no exception to the information revolution wrought by the internet. What sets it apart though is that the internet increasingly fills a gap created by official curbs ... and the sacking of two colleagues of the official present at the time. The lesson here is that rather than focusing on how to crack down more effectively on netizens and their rights of freedom ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/682310/let-all-views-be-heard-not-suppressed-media
  10. Call to release dissident writer held 'illegally' for six months

    Posted Jun 09th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... through labour, under the new Freedom of Information Regulations. The system, designed to 're-educate' petty criminals, is often used against dissidents. The ministry denied the request ... the publication of 'Charter 08', a high-profile appeal for political reform, democracy and freedom. Liu co-authored the document, which was signed by more than 300 scholars, lawyers, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/683114/call-release-dissident-writer-held-illegally-six-months

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