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  1. Open information law will be overhauled, judge says

    Posted Nov 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Will Clem william.clem@scmp.com Almost half of all lawsuits applying for the release of government-held information have been rejected by mainland courts in the three years since ... office, was quoted in mainland media as saying the Regulations on Open Government Information were being revised to give clarification on matters that were forming a barrier to the release ...

  2. Ruling could help citizens seeking official information

    Posted Aug 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ng Tze-wei tzewei.ng@scmp.com A new interpretation of the law by the courts may make it easier for citizens frustrated in their efforts in seeking information from the government to sue the department in question. The ruling specifies situations in which a government department may be sued under the Open Government Information Regulations. Since coming into effect in 2008, these have ...

  3. Not just for official eyes any more

    Posted Sep 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... to the principle of the guidelines.' Many legislators have urged the government to enact a law for a Freedom of Information act, following the examples of such countries as South Korea, Japan ... of the report. But it added that the government had 'no plan to enact legislation on freedom of information'. Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation in other countries FOI is a form ...

  4. Fresh call for archive law to halt destruction of documents

    Posted Mar 28th 2011, 12:00am by Tanna Chong

    ... They fault the current system as amateurish and arbitrary, and have renewed their push for laws on archiving and freedom of information in light of the latest figures released in the legislature. 'Having the files is the minimum standard of how the public can monitor the government,' said lawmaker Cyd Ho Sau-lan. 'We need archive and freedom-of-information acts to offer ...

  5. World of difference on right of expression

    Posted Sep 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... by Adolf Hitler, off its shelves. Although not censorship, this lack of supply removes information that many scholars cited was a valuable resource to examining hatred. Hong Kong Press Freedom ... YP cadet Pearl Chan In Athens, 1,500 years ago, freedom of speech existed. It formed a strong pillar of the Roman Republic and was part of Islamic ethics in the seventh century under ...

  6. Bill puts internet freedom to the test

    Posted Jun 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... to think twice in future. But concerns that freedom of expression may be restricted are not unfounded. Officials in charge of the bill have admitted that people who uploaded modified copyrighted materials for political parody would also be liable if there was significant damage to a copyright holder. Some producers have rightly questioned whether their freedom of expression will be curbed. ...

  7. HK's first all-China rock festival revels in city's freedoms

    Posted Oct 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... music to cuisine,' said Chang Man-chuan, director of Kwang Hwa Information and Culture Centre, the festival's organiser. ...

  8. No matter where, press freedom too precious for abuse

    Posted Jul 18th 2011, 12:00am

    ... minister Gordon Brown accused News Corp of using 'known criminals' to gather information on him and his family, lamenting that 'If I, with all the protection and all the defences ... Keqiang and National People's Congress vice-chairman Wang Zhaoguo, quoting a source who claimed to have received the information from the son-in-law of the NPC chairman Wu Bangguo, ...

  9. Newspapers still wary as harsh curbs are eased

    Posted Nov 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... one-way traffic, however. The minister of information recently told one parliamentary session that proposals for more media freedom would foster 'more disadvantages than advantages'. ... For a guide to whether new freedoms are really taking root inside Myanmar, keep an eye on the country's thrusting if embattled press in the months ahead. Already Myanmar's media ...

  10. Freedom to roam

    Posted Feb 07th 2011, 12:00am by Mabel Sieh

    ... to read heavy text like in some magazines. They want to get instant information and get going,' says Lau. As a seasoned blogger, Lau has seen the changes in technology and how the digital era ... and Hong Kong Twitterer Jay Oatway. For more information, go to socialmediaweek.org/hongkong ...




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