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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 ...

  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 ...

  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 ...

  4. Hu offers assurances to foreign reporters

    Posted Oct 10th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of China in accordance with China's laws and regulations'. Beijing began loosening control over international media before the Games last year, allowing more freedom to interview people ... and enhance information distribution to keep its citizens well-informed, Hu said. Zhou Xiaozheng, a professor of sociology at Renmin University, said he was sceptical because the government had never ...

  5. Information should be free, students told

    Posted Nov 17th 2009, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... of information. Addressing university students in Shanghai yesterday, Barack Obama said his nation was founded on the ideal that 'all men and women are created equal' and that they had the right to certain inalienable liberties. 'These freedoms of expression and worship- of access to information and political participation- we believe are universal rights,' he said. 'They ...

  6. Doctors not informed on use of costly drugs

    Posted Jun 20th 2009, 12:00am by Celine Sun

    ... that you will get better treatment if you can afford the drugs, while your life is more at risk if you have no money. I think this list should be abandoned to give doctors more freedom ... with such circumstances and frontline staff were discussing the proposals. In yesterday's panel meeting, more than 20 medical and information technology groups were also invited to discuss the development ...

  7. Media freedom the best guarantor of public safety

    Posted Dec 17th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... working in such an environment educate and inform society and guarantee freedoms. This helps minimise waste and corruption and improve public safety. Controls on the media are not in China's ... properly, threats and dangers will be revealed more readily. Timely alerts could be given, regularly updated information issued and prompt efforts made to ensure safety. An incident in a heavily ...

  8. Onus on lawmakers to clarify draft secrets law

    Posted Jul 31st 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to restrict freedom of speech and control dissidents. The government's China Daily ran an unusually critical editorial last month, saying that 'citizens, once prosecuted on the grounds ... the Open Government Information Regulations passed last year,' said Xiong Wenzhao, a professor at Minzu University. 'It did not reflect the principle of 'transparency as norm, ...

  9. Tsang gives college visit pledge on press freedom

    Posted May 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporters Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen yesterday promised to put a high value on press freedom. Mr Tsang made the remarks during a visit to Sha Tin Methodist College while taking part in a role-play discussion with students on the topic of press freedom- under the eye of a camera from the Information Services Department. Mr Tsang arrived at the school for his ...

  10. Overseas media given freedom to cover unrest, but some areas still out of bounds

    Posted Jul 08th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to journalists, prompting armed police to intervene. In contrast with the experience last March in Tibet, journalists were given greater freedom yesterday. Journalists were taken on a tour of the city ... access in the region had been cut off to stop the spread of information, a move confirmed by Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Qin Gang yesterday. 'In the investigation of this incident, ...




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