Freedom of Expression

Bloggers protest against rules for news websites in Singapore

A mock gravestone decries online rules in Singapore. Photo: Reuters

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

Mao Yushi. Photo: Reuters

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

Access to some of the leading VPN services to get around the "Great Firewall" of restrictions have of late been disabled or slowed. Photo: EPA

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

A protester shows her naked ambition as she sits on the steps of City Hall in San Francisco. Photo: AP

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

Indians attend the funeral procession of Bal Thackeray in Mumbai on Sunday. Photo: Xinhua

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

San Francisco is attempting to restrict public nudity. Photo: Reuters

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

Lu Ping has criticised some protesters. Photo: SCMP

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

Leung should remember his oath to keep Hong Kong free.

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

Starry Lee Wai-king

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

What future for Hong Kong if the majority are silenced?

Former Secretary for Justice Elsie Leung Oi-sie. Photo: Sam Tsang

Anyone who dares to express an opinion that deviates from the anti-China, anti-government "intrinsic truth" will see their views silenced or twisted. Those very few whose views our dissidents cannot completely banish become targets of a lynch-mob mentality.

26 Oct 2012 - 7:40am 15 comments

Free speech advocates attack new cybercrime law in Philippines

Free speech advocates attack new cybercrime law in Philippines

A new cybercrime law due to roll out this week has angered free speech advocates who claim that it could empower the Philippine government to muzzle dissent with its own version of the "Great Firewall of China".

1 Oct 2012 - 4:25am

Myanmar farmers and villagers test newfound freedoms with protests

Farmers wave flags as they protest about the confiscation of their land to make way for a Chinese co-owned copper mine in Monywa, in northern Myanmar. Photo: AFP

Farmers and villagers in Myanmar are risking the fury of the authorities by standing up to big business in a test of new rights unthinkable during decades of military rule.

27 Sep 2012 - 4:20am

Pakistan declares holiday of protests against film

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.

20 Sep 2012 - 3:05am

Indian cartoonist charged with sedition leaves jail

Indian cartoonist Aseem Trivedi is arrested in Mumbai under laws governing sedition. Photo: EPA

An Indian cartoonist jailed on sedition charges was released from a Mumbai prison on bail on Wednesday, four days after being arrested in a case that has outraged freedom of expression campaigners.

“Although I’m free, the battle will continue. Whenever there is an infringement of legal rights, our fight will continue,” Aseem Trivedi told a crowd of reporters outside Arthur Road jail.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am