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  1. 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 ...

  2. Think-tank's call for law on public access to archives rejected

    Posted Mar 07th 2007, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... and promotion of electronic government services and processes. Britain 1958- Public Records Act provides accommodation for public records and facilitates their free use. 2000- Freedom of Information Act ... Chloe Lai A call by a think-tank for an archival law to cover record-keeping and public access to information was swiftly rejected yesterday by the government. Civic Exchange said Hong ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. News - Asia - PAKISTAN

    Pakistan declares holiday of protests against film

    Posted Sep 20th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Islamabad Pakistan declares holiday of protest The Pakistani government has declared tomorrow a national holiday in honour of the Muslim prophet Mohammed and called for peaceful protests against a US-made film deemed insulting to Islam. As thousands took to the streets for another day of demonstrations against the Innocence of Muslims film, Information Minister ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Freedom at the heart of cyber law battles

    Posted May 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... that hold a citizen's private information can share it with one another or the government for cyber-security purposes. Firms sharing information would get complete liability protection: they would no longer be held accountable by their customers, or even the government, if they negligently or recklessly mishandled information. Once in government hands, information can be used ...

  9. The cast-iron case for an archival law in HK

    Posted Mar 07th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... by the report- access to information. Hong Kong has freedom of expression, as defined by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which is incorporated into the Basic Law. This provides people not only with a right to express themselves freely, but also to access information. Freedom of information laws are commonplace throughout the world. The mainland put in place its archive ...

  10. 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 ...




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