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  1. News - Hong Kong - GOVERNANCE

    Freedom of information: adviser goes on record

    Posted Mar 21st 2014, 04:28am by Stuart Lau and Lo Wei

    ... Stuart Lau and Lo Wei City's worldwide study 'shows withholding of data is seldom met with punishment' Freedom of information: adviser goes on record It is common ... introducing a freedom of information law, overseen by an independent body with enforcement powers, to underpin the right of residents to view records. The present Code on Access to Information posed ...

  2. Freedom of information denied is freedom denied

    Posted May 20th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The free flow of information is at the heart of Hong Kong's success. Without a transparent government, media freedom and free speech, Hong Kong would wither and die. Ensuring ... there is no law guaranteeing freedom of information in Hong Kong. As an international financial centre, having such legislation is imperative. The freedom of the media would be ensured and citizens would ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - OCCUPY CENTRAL

    An outcry for freedom will be heard far and wide

    Posted Oct 06th 2014, 01:26pm by Amy Wu

    ... Yes, the protests were amazing, but the reaction was also amazing. There was a tsunami of media reports and streams of information via social media platforms. "Are your friends and family ... of mine sent me photos and a barrage of on-the-scene reports through WhatsApp. Indeed, information flowed fluidly among my friends in Hong Kong and here in the US, thanks to the internet. What ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Improve public access to information

    Posted Jan 26th 2013, 12:00am

    ... SCMP Editorial Ensure freedom of information Hong Kong appears to stand out as a centre for the free flow of information in the region. But it lags behind countries that long ago enacted ... management and access to information. It noted that our officials just sit on a code introduced in 1995, while freedom of information acts have since been enacted in more than 88 places. Some ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. News - Hong Kong

    Ombudsman to review Hong Kong freedom of information laws

    Posted Jan 04th 2013, 03:22pm by Lai Ying-kit

    ... many jurisdictions have introduced major reforms to their FOI [freedom of information] regimes to increase the public’s access to information, expand the coverage of the FOI stipulations, ... must be made available to the public. The code has remained unchanged since its introduction in 1995. More than 88 jurisdictions around the world have passed laws on freedom of information ...

  7. News - Asia - INTERNET

    Vietnam bans bloggers from sharing news reports

    Posted Aug 02nd 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... a decree seen as a further crackdown on online freedom. Blogs or social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter- which have become hugely popular over the past few years in the heavily censored country- should be used only "to provide and exchange personal information", according to the decree. This decree clearly aims to muzzle the people Blogger Nguyen Quang Vinh The document, ...

  8. News - World - UNITED STATES

    Web activist, Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz, found dead at age 26

    Posted Jan 13th 2013, 10:04am by Associated Press in New York

    ... gurus, Swartz was considered a pioneer of efforts to make online information freely available. “Playing Mozart’s Requiem in honour of a brave and brilliant man,” tweeted Carl Malamud, an Internet ... more information publicly available. The prosecution “makes no sense,” Demand Progress Executive Director David Segal said in a statement at the time. “It’s like trying to put someone in jail ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - TRANSPARENCY

    Access to government information crucial to expose wrongdoing, says former UK commissioner

    Posted Apr 24th 2014, 10:54am by Austin Chiu

    ... it was important to have an independent and authoritative body that could make binding rulings in disputed cases to balance privacy and freedom of information. "Secrecy is not healthy as the default ... of the imbalance between freedom of information and data protection. The code on access to information does not have any legal backing while the protection of privacy has been written into law with full ...

  10. Rights to information around the region

    Posted Jan 29th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... South Korea: The Act on Disclosure of Information by Public Agencies went into effect in January 1998. Citizens can demand information held by public agencies, but not from those that handle issues of national security. Japan: The Law Concerning Access to Information Held by Administrative Organs went into effect in April 2001. Any individual or firm, Japanese or foreign, can ...




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