National Security

Leaks a valuable way to keep governments honest

The enormity of the release of classified government information about the war in Afghanistan by the website WikiLeaks is mind-boggling. About 92,000 pages have been shared with three prominent media outlets and 15,000 more are forthcoming.

Wednesday, 28 July, 2010, 12:00am

Accountant bound over for kicking ATM

An Irish accountant was bound over at Eastern Court yesterday for damaging an ATM. The prosecution dropped a charge of criminal intimidation against Peter Gerard MacCiney, 46, after he paid HK$6,841 to HSBC for the damage. MacCiney set off the alarm at a branch in Wan Chai in the early hours of November 11, 2008.

14 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Officer opens fire as car thieves evade police

A policeman fired a shot but missed two car thieves who injured another officer in Tuen Mun and escaped under the noses of a team of detectives.

The men, who police said are in their 40s, were still at large last night.

12 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

In Brief

Code due for terrorism law

8 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Thieves hit offices as workers take lunch break

You have been warned: don't let your lunchtime break turn into a mealtime break-in.

Police issued the caution after a spate of burglaries committed at offices while the occupants were out for lunch.

There were 10 reports of such crimes last month, half of them at offices in Kwun Tong and neighbouring Kowloon Bay.

28 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Top policeman abused power

Assistant police commissioner Vincent Wong Fook-chuen and three officers have been disciplined for abusing their authority by using the special immigration channel to enter Hong Kong after a night in Macau.

Wong is believed to be the most senior Hong Kong police officer to have been disciplined, a senior police officer said yesterday.

15 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Warning over World Cup satellite broadcasts

8 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Secret agenda

Most countries, including the United States, struggle to strike a balance between the need to keep some government information secret in the interest of national security and the need to provide free access to most information in the interest of popular participation and economic development.

26 May 2010 - 12:00am

Uncertainty over liability of village chief for works

The stand-off between a Tai Po village chief and lands officers over illegal works on government land will be resolved - at least temporarily - when officers demolish the works next Tuesday, with access guaranteed by the chief.

15 May 2010 - 12:00am

Colonial statutes that appear beyond reason

Reading Hong Kong's statutes is like taking a trip down memory lane - to a time when the Union Jack flew above Government House and cucumber sandwiches were the order of the day at the China Club.

9 May 2010 - 12:00am

Police guideline on use of handcuffs revised

Police may handcuff people attempting suicide or suspected of being mentally disturbed, the force says in a staff notice aimed at ending confusion caused by a previous guideline.

A notice on March 15 said officers should use handcuffs only when making an arrest - implying they were not to be used on anyone refusing to be searched or trying to kill themselves.

4 May 2010 - 12:00am

New channels urged to resolve conflict

If the People's Liberation Army kept the Communist Party in power in 1989, the police have kept it in power since.

25 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Fugitive found asleep escapes from police

A man wanted in connection with assault and car theft cases was found asleep in a delivery van in the middle of the road outside Tai Po police station early yesterday - but he then escaped.

He ran off after handing police his identity card, and it was not until later that they realised he was a fugitive.

22 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

TV orgy, party line anger viewers

China Central Television and other major state-owned news outlets gave the Shanxi mine rescue the most ambitious coverage since the Sichuan earthquake nearly two years ago, holding the public rapt as each step of the rescue operation unfolded.

7 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Union claims lifesavers face discrimination

Forty lifeguards staged a protest yesterday during which they accused the management of Jordan Valley Swimming Pool of discriminating against them because of their union activities. They also accused the staff of misusing the closed circuit video.

2 Apr 2010 - 12:00am