Freedom of Speech
Vietnamese police have arrested one of the country's best known bloggers for posting criticism of the communist government, intensifying a crackdown against internet-fuelled dissent in the authoritarian one-party state.Saturday, 15 June, 2013, 1:51am
Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah yesterday defended the budget plan he announced last week, branding some of the criticisms as "dangerous". Tsang said those who opposed short-term relief measures were not taking into account macro-economic considerations.4 Mar 2013 - 5:08am
More than 120 influential scholars, lawyers and journalists have signed a petition urging the National People’s Congress to ratify an international human rights treaty as part of the leadership’s pledge to promote constitutional rights and the rule of law.28 Feb 2013 - 12:41am
In sending a threatening lawyer's letter to a newspaper, Leung Chun-ying did something stupid and counterproductive. All that has done is enable his critics and enemies to portray him as undermining the freedom of speech and of the press.
But we should also ask: are they any less opportunistic, reprehensible or even unethical?13 Feb 2013 - 3:37am 10 comments
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has demanded through his lawyers that a newspaper retract an article which he says defamed him. This has prompted demands that, instead, Leung should withdraw the lawyer's letter. Leung has said that while he has always respected freedom of speech and of the press, the article contained allegations of relations with triads that had to be taken seriously.9 Feb 2013 - 2:57am 16 comments
Xi Jinping says he wants honest feedback, here's why people don't believe him.8 Feb 2013 - 9:35am 2 comments
Vietnam sentenced 22 activists to lengthy jail terms ranging from 10 years to life imprisonment on Monday, in one of the country’s largest subversion trials for years.4 Feb 2013 - 2:36pm
Thousands of Christians staged a rally outside government headquarters yesterday to show their opposition to proposed legislation that would outlaw discrimination against sexual minorities.14 Jan 2013 - 7:26am 39 comments
Anything said by that comedian Jackie Chan should be taken with a pinch of salt, but his remarks, about restricting rights in his home town and toting hand grenades to deter his badass triad buddies, are worthy of some reflection.22 Dec 2012 - 1:57am 11 comments
April Fools' day jokes aside, on-air pranks set Australian radio broadcasting apart from Hong Kong's. In cut-throat ratings wars, commercial stations try to be provocative and controversial to attract more listeners. Prank phone calls are common, often to vulnerable front-desk targets like receptionists and nurses in attempts to reach celebrities.12 Dec 2012 - 2:09am
India suspended two senior police officers and transferred a judge on Tuesday over the arrests of two women for Facebook posts in a case that sparked outrage and fierce debate over India’s internet laws.
The women, both 21, were arrested a week ago over comments on the social networking site questioning the shutdown of Mumbai for the funeral of the hardline politician Bal Thackeray.27 Nov 2012 - 9:23pm
A Chinese court on Monday sentenced a prominent dissident who was involved in the 1989 Tiananmen pro-democracy demonstrations to 12 years in prison for contract fraud, a lawyer said.
A court in the central province of Sichuan handed down the sentence on Li Bifeng, his lawyer Ma Xiaopeng told reporters.19 Nov 2012 - 4:23pm
Background on Cao Haibo, the 27-year-old sentenced to 8 years in prison for discussing politics online
Seeing Red in China shares more details regarding the young dissident from Kunming.2 Nov 2012 - 9:07am
A Vietnamese court jailed two renowned musicians for up to six years for anti-state propaganda, one of their lawyers said on Tuesday, a decision rights groups branded an “outrageous” muzzling of free speech.30 Oct 2012 - 5:10pm
Performance rating plea for all hospitals
I recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal on ways to improve better public monitoring and rating of hospitals in the United States.28 Sep 2012 - 11:44pm