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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. Singapore failing to provide important information on death sentences

    Posted May 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... such information. A death sentence is irreversible, allowing no remedy for miscarriage of justice. Singapore imposes mandatory death by hanging for crimes such as murder, unlawful possession of firearms ... presumed guilty. The Singapore government has robustly defended its use of the death penalty. So why does it still not provide information on the number of death sentences, executions and details ...

  4. Amendment to shield informants

    Posted Jun 23rd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Mandy Zuo Lawmakers yesterday discussed a draft amendment to the Administrative Supervision Law that would protect from retaliation informants who report suspected corruption cases to prosecutors. Those who reveal such reports and the informants' personal information should be punished according to law, said the second draft, which was submitted to the national legislature ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Access to information must be made easier

    Posted Jan 30th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... have failed to live up to disclosure standards set by the code on access to information, which predates the handover. The Ombudsman has rightly lambasted the government for lacking commitment to promote transparency and easy access to information. Alan Lai Nin has singled out departments which displayed a lack of understanding of the code and proper staff training to fulfil ...

  7. Turning informer brings rewards- and more arrests

    Posted Apr 06th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... commissioner, said he was not aware of Ng's case, but there was a formal procedure for those who wished to use informers. 'They [informers] are a valuable source of information. A lot of important cases get solved because of them. If you wish to use a particular informer, you have to go through a register. Any dealings, meetings and money paid have to be documented.' A veteran ...

  8. The Informant (DVD)

    Posted Feb 26th 2010, 12:00am by Sunny Tse

    ... Sunny Tse In his latest collaboration with award-winning director Steven Soderbergh, The Informant!, Matt Damon plays chubby, dorky businessman, Mark Whitacre. Whitacre is an employee of a multinational company suspected of price-fixing crimes, and he's recruited by the FBI to secretly help their investigation. When the FBI's plan goes too smoothly, the agents start picking ...

  9. Tony Chan must reveal informant

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

    ... Yvonne Tsui and Loretta Fong Fung shui master Tony Chan Chun-chuen has been given two weeks to reveal the source of information about a controversial land deal that was disclosed during ... was mistakenly named by the lawyers as their source during the hearing of rival claims by Chan and the Chinachem Charitable Foundation for Wang's estate. Chang wants the name of the actual informant ...

  10. Murder conviction could earn informant HK$300,000 reward

    Posted May 16th 2008, 12:00am by Clifford Lo, Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man and Clifford Lo An informant whose tip-off led police to the arrest of a 50-year-old woman in connection with the killing of two elderly women could receive a reward of up to HK$300,000, police said yesterday. Officers said the information was received on Monday after police announced the reward on Friday, seeking a woman believed to be the last person to see one ...




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