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Freedom of Speech

Vietnam arrests bloggers in attempt to rein in criticism of Communist Party

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

City Digest, March 4, 2013

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

China petition urges human rights reforms

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

Leung is stupid, but so are his critics

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

Rebut, yet don't chill free speech

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's 'bring on the criticism' brings little more than scepticism

Xi Jinping says he wants honest feedback, here's why people don't believe him.

8 Feb 2013 - 9:35am 2 comments

Vietnam jails 22 activists for subversion

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

Christians in prayer rally to fight gay law proposal

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

Jackie Chan plays to the wrong crowd

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

With free speech comes responsibility

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