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  1. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Lawyer bodies call for independent legal aid authority

    Posted Sep 27th 2012, 12:00am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com Lawyers say government department lacks independence and fails to meet public's needs Legal aid shake-up urged The city's law associations have reiterated their longstanding call for an independent legal aid authority to replace the government department that administers legal aid, saying it would give the public easier access to justice. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1048002/lawyer-bodies-call-independent-legal-aid-authority
  2. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Pro-Establishment factions in scramble for support of independents

    Posted Sep 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... woos independents Political groupings within the pro-establishment camp are working behind the scenes to court independent lawmakers to strengthen their clout. The scramble for support is also ... Synergy, admitted having approached some independent lawmakers to join it- an attempt seen as a defence against a possible revival of the Breakfast Group spearheaded by Leung's supporters. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1040116/pro-establishment-factions-scramble-support-independents
  3. RTHK defends move towards independence

    Posted Apr 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Jimmy Cheung

    ... Jimmy Cheung RTHK has defended its role as the people's broadcaster, saying there is a trend around the world for government broadcasters to become independent public organisations. Speaking yesterday at the weekly City Forum, assistant director of broadcasting Tai Keen-man countered suggestions that it should 'return to the government'. 'We think RTHK should ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/587561/rthk-defends-move-towards-independence
  4. Independent air to elections welcome

    Posted Oct 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Elections on the mainland are a daunting business for independent candidates. The monolith that is the Communist Party of China holds absolute power, its tendrils extending into every ... of the party's hand-picked choices not to take office. Yet two independent candidates in Guangdong have bucked the trend, being voted in by villagers to be deputies in a district people's congress. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/982313/independent-air-elections-welcome
  5. RTHK chief confident in its independence

    Posted Aug 27th 2010, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... position as a government department with independence as the city's public broadcaster, the future of staff was assured and morale would be restored. Looking back on four decades in the media- ... to debate in public whether he has fulfilled his duty as chief editor to defend RTHK's editorial independence. 'The RTHK charter clearly states that we should be an open platform ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/723220/rthk-chief-confident-its-independence
  6. Judicial independence of vital importance

    Posted Jan 15th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong people enjoy basic freedoms that set our city apart from the mainland, thanks to the preservation of the rule of law. Chief Justice Andrew Li Kwok-nang, in the job since ... on the importance of the independence of the judiciary and the separation of powers is important. It is a reminder that these principles lie at the heart of Hong Kong's separate system. Vigilance ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/703697/judicial-independence-vital-importance
  7. Independent probe of Nepali's death backed

    Posted Apr 14th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Phyllis Tsang Nearly 60 per cent of people agree the government should set up an independent commission to investigate the case of a Nepali man who was shot dead by a policeman last month, ... the government should set up an independent commission to investigate the death of Dil Bahadur Limbu, 31. He was shot dead on a hillside in Ho Man Tin on March 17 when he allegedly attacked a constable ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/676758/independent-probe-nepalis-death-backed
  8. Independence key to role of top prosecutor

    Posted Sep 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... For a city that prides itself on the rule of law, Hong Kong is fortunate to have had stability at the peak of the legal establishment. Now, for the first time since the handover, we face ... assaulting two journalists on assignment. Cross said they were 'genuinely apprehensive' for her safety. An independent public prosecutor can be just as important as an independent judiciary ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/693227/independence-key-role-top-prosecutor
  9. Pan-democrats' hopeful quest for Beijing's ear

    Posted Mar 09th 2010, 12:00am by Joseph Cheng

    ... any exchanges with any of the city's political parties. After the massive protest rally on July 1, 2003, the mainland authorities increased their participation in local politics. Top ... and clearly. Joseph Cheng Yu-shek is a professor of political science at City University of Hong Kong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/708076/pan-democrats-hopeful-quest-beijings-ear
  10. Plan for new coalition snubbed by several independents

    Posted Sep 18th 2008, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung and Eva Wu A plan by independent lawmaker Chim Pui-chung to form a Beijing-friendly coalition that could bargain with the government is facing a setback, as several ... in the city. 'I can say very clearly that we have no ambition. Although Beijing didn't dare tell me not to form the coalition, I am still under a lot of pressure.' Mr Chim said the three ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/653049/plan-new-coalition-snubbed-several-independents

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