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Freedom of Expression

Bloggers protest against rules for news websites in Singapore

About 1,500 Singaporeans led by local bloggers protested yesterday over new government licensing rules for news websites that they say curtail freedom of expression.

Sunday, 9 June, 2013, 8:59am

Why China needs its critics

People's trust in government erodes when there is no genuine rule of law to limit the power and scope of the ruling elite. The latest breach of trust in China is the discovery that more than 40 per cent of the rice supply in Guangzhou was tainted with cadmium, a toxic metal. The socialist idea that "power resides in the people" is a mantra without substance.

3 Jun 2013 - 8:46am

China internet controls are a step backward

Those wanting to believe that China's new leaders are sincere about pledges for reform have had their optimism jolted by a further tightening of internet controls. Newly approved rules require users to register with their real names when signing up for access, a phone service or publishing online.

4 Jan 2013 - 9:44pm 1 comment

Briefs, December 19, 2012

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou pledged not to interfere with freedom of speech or the media, and said he had called on Beijing to release Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo. 

19 Dec 2012 - 3:18am

San Francisco to ban nudity, after public displays in Castro District

San Francisco's urban nudists have vowed to continue to walk the streets naked, despite a new law ordering them to cover up.

City lawmakers on Tuesday narrowly approved a ban on public nakedness by anyone aged over five, putting aside concerns the measure would undermine the city's reputation as a sanctuary for free expression.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:08am

Indians arrested for Facebook post on Mumbai shutdown

Indian police said on Monday they had arrested a woman for criticising on Facebook the total shutdown of Mumbai after the death of politician Bal Thackeray.

19 Nov 2012 - 4:06pm

US nudists fight for the right to bare everything

US federal judges are accustomed to seeing lawyers and their clients dressed crisply in dark suits. This week brought something new: naked plaintiffs.

On Wednesday, a group of several dozen nude protesters and their clothed lawyer marched to the federal court in San Francisco to file a lawsuit against the city.

17 Nov 2012 - 2:22am

Letters to the Editor, November 8, 2012

Former top official being unfair to city

Comments made by Lu Ping, former director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, are unfair to the city ("Love China or leave it, says Lu Ping", November 1).

8 Nov 2012 - 2:08am

Leung's job is to protect our freedom to wave any flag

It is understandable that the population of seven million in Hong Kong share different opinions on the government," Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said last Thursday.

"But, in any case, they do not need to wave the colonial flag to vent their frustrations."

7 Nov 2012 - 1:59am 3 comments

A lawmaker's parochial attitude

In her Letter to Hong Kong, on October 28, on Radio 3, Starry Lee Wai-king of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, a member of the Executive Council, droned on about the political landscape.

3 Nov 2012 - 2:45am 2 comments