National Security

No place like home

Recent developments in the investigation of the artist-activist Ai Weiwei have again laid bare the extent to which China's police have warped the country's Criminal Procedure Law.

Thursday, 26 May, 2011, 12:00am

Questions raised over security lapses at museum

Questions have been raised over security measures at the Palace Museum in the Forbidden City after a burglary in which seven precious art pieces owned by a Hong Kong collector were stolen.

13 May 2011 - 12:00am

Silence kills democracy... but a free press talks

Today is World Press Freedom Day. Let's explore why the media is important and what can be done to protect it.

Journalists protect citizens from authority. You might wonder why anyone would need protecting from authorities, but sometimes the authorities are bad. They might be corrupt or oppressive and it is often journalists who are the first to expose this.

3 May 2011 - 12:00am

Out of reach

It is now 24 days since artist-activist Ai Weiwei's detention by Beijing police. Yet foreign media interest has not flagged, despite the silence of the Chinese legal system and Chinese government efforts to manipulate information. Ai's family still has not received the ordinarily required notice of detention telling where he is detained and why.

27 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

No 'eye' for Temple St

Police have decided not to install an 'eye in the sky' surveillance system in Temple Street in Yau Mei Tai.

Police began considering the surveillance system after January 9 last year, when a person threw two bottles of corrosive acid from a building. Some 30 people suffered chemical burns, including tourists and children, at the night market.

27 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Legco CCTV cameras raise privacy concerns

Surveillance cameras have been placed outside the Legislative Council building without any warning they exist, drawing criticism from lawmakers and rights groups and a rebuke from the privacy watchdog.

At least eight permanent closed-circuit cameras and two temporary cameras were found to have been installed on and around the building by the Legco secretariat and the police.

15 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Crackdown on phoney uniform sales foiled

Collusion between local anti-counterfeiting authorities and fraudsters has hindered a People's Liberation Army crackdown on the production, distribution and sale of fake military uniforms, state media have reported.

6 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

HK$5m of silver bars seized in fake raid

A gang of robbers disguised as customs officers yesterday fled with a huge haul of silver bars worth HK$5 million after hijacking a truck and overpowering its driver and his assistant in a bogus arrest.

Last night, police said 250 ingots weighing 15 kilograms each had been stolen while being transported from Sheung Shui to Hung Hom.

29 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Predator at large

WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy by David Leigh and Luke Harding Guardian Books, HK$240

Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website by Daniel Domscheit-Berg Jonathan Cape, HK$130

27 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

HK police launch anti-terror task force

Hong Kong is not in danger of being attacked by terrorists, but the police are taking no chances.

The force is setting up a 60-strong team to protect 'critical infrastructure' from attacks. It will also exchange sensitive information with possible targets such as banks, power plants and the MTR Corp, a police spokesman said.

25 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Privacy prosecutions 'too few'

The privacy watchdog has admitted the prosecution rate on complaints has been low and there have been few convictions in the past 12 years.

16 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Companies must strengthen defences against insiders

Every day, IT security professionals in Hong Kong face the challenge of staying one step ahead of the threats to their businesses. New threats constantly emerge that outfox the best antivirus software. Organisations must strive hard to maintain a firewall against viruses that may damage their entire network and cause millions of dollars worth of damage.

15 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Lunar New Year's Eve gala a far cry from its heyday

For hundreds of millions of mainlanders, watching CCTV's Chun Wan gala has long been a Lunar New Year ritual, along with eating dumplings and setting off fireworks.

7 Feb 2011 - 12:00am


Don't trust dishonest ads

Misleading sales practices are all around us these days. Advertisements promise us everlasting beauty and other miracles. I think it is a kind of commercial fraud.

1 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Police chief regrets handling of protest

The police chief yesterday was regretful that officers at Tsoi Yuen Tsuen were unable to respond to a scuffle in time on Thursday.

Commissioner for Police Andy Tsang Wai-hung made the comments after police completed a review of the incident.

27 Jan 2011 - 12:00am