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Hong Kong government clings to its secrets as fewer records declassified

Simon Chu Fook-keung, former Government Records Service Director. Photo: Dickson Lee

Unlike in Britain and the United States where declassification falls under freedom of information laws, here the 30-year rule principle is only part of a government code on public records access. And the release rate has dropped from 61 per cent in 2008, to 46 per cent in 2010, to 41 per cent in 2012, according to figures given by the GRS in response to an inquiry by the South China Morning Post.

Monday, 27 May, 2013, 2:26pm

US digital library set to launch as alternative to Google, Wikipedia

A US$7.2 million cheque written on August 1, 1868 when the United States purchased Alaska. The photograph will be part of the new "digital public library" set to launch this month. Photo: AFP/National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

The new “digital public library” set to launch this month aims to provide an alternative to Google for those looking for American cultural information online.

14 Apr 2013 - 12:38pm

Good governance depends on well-kept records

In 2011, then legislator Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee moved a motion in the Legislative Council on enacting an archives law. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

For issues that are neither on the government's agenda nor on the public's radar, it may take months or years to see any progress. Public records management is probably one of them.

22 Feb 2013 - 4:04am 2 comments

Why is the government destroying so many documents?

Legco's Cyd Ho raises questions

We are still astounded at the equanimity with which Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor revealed that in the last six months of last year 23,189 metres of documents had been destroyed: equivalent to the distance between Kowloon and Hong Kong International airport.

25 Jan 2013 - 4:56am 2 comments

Letters to the Editor, January 21, 2013

Delhi remains the crime capital of India. Photo: NYT

Top ranking a poisoned chalice

I refer to the report ("Populist policies 'threaten HK's reign as freest economy'", January 11).

The US organisation with the pompous title, the Heritage Foundation, has given this top spot to the city "since the ranking started in 1995".

21 Jan 2013 - 3:35am 2 comments

Leung disclosure row shows urgent need to bring in archives legislation

On Saturday, Leung Chun-ying called for the government to release all documents relating to his non-declaration of interest in the West Kowloon design contest. Having regard to the accusation of the government's lack of neutrality, the administration must release all documents relating to the contest.

15 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Archives still lack right care, but bid for law fails

Government archives are still not being properly cared for despite a survey nine years ago that found a third of 1,600 selected records were deteriorating - and some have been destroyed without authorisation by government bureaus or departments, the Audit Commission says.

17 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Millions of records gone in Legco move

The government destroyed more than 3.5 million sheets of records in six months while relocating its headquarters to the Tamar site in Admiralty, lawmakers heard yesterday.

20 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

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

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.

7 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Archives prove a great source of information, old and new

SHANGHAI HAS opened the city's archives to requests for information, offering a glimpse of the inner workings of the local government and a treasure trove of historical material.

In the city's western suburbs, a building resembling a concrete bunker holds Shanghai's history for the years before and after the Communist Party came to power in 1949.

5 Sep 2002 - 12:00am