National Security

Use of handcuffs is clear as mud

The police union insists the use of handcuffs by frontline officers, particularly with regards to people attempting to commit suicide, is more confusing than ever.

And Police Commissioner Tang King-shing has failed to clarify the issue.

Wednesday, 17 March, 2010, 12:00am

Secrecy law revision a wasted opportunity

Mainland authorities have long known of the defects in the state secrecy law. Legislators drafted it with their own definitions of what needed to be protected in mind, paying little heed to how they could be abused. Massive economic and social changes in the 21 years since it was enacted have made the need for a radical reshaping a matter of urgency.

2 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Key questions go unanswered in draft changes to state secrets law

Mainland lawmakers have completed the second draft of revisions to the controversial Protection of State Secrets Law, apparently in time for the changes to be approved at the annual meeting of the National People's Congress beginning next week.

25 Feb 2010 - 12:00am


Poor tenants' plight ignored after tragedy

22 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

HKU research helps put a face to suspects in crime-fighting

A recent breakthrough in face-recognition technology may save police officers hundreds of hours of painstaking work trying to identify culprits from video footage.

New software offered by the University of Hong Kong scientists may even provide a vital tool to help investigations into the acid attacks in the city.

17 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

New Year TV extravaganza a little jaded

Hundreds of millions of people will gather around mainland television screens tonight to watch China Central Television's Spring Festival Gala - a 27-year-old tradition that has been a holiday entertainment staple.

13 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Accidental acid leak in North Point injures two

A five-year-old boy and a man, 53, were injured when acid - used to clear a blocked drain - sprayed onto the street in North Point yesterday.

The incident happened at about 1pm after a woman poured the corrosive drain cleaner into the drain on the balcony of her eighth-floor flat in Man Hong House at Model Housing Estate.

28 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Lawmaker suspicious after break-in at office

Civic Party lawmaker Tanya Chan says she cannot rule out the possibility Beijing played a hand in a break-in at her Sheung Wan office.

She is preparing to resign next week, along with four other legislators, and trigger by-elections being touted as a de facto referendum on universal suffrage.

20 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Villager dies as police fire shots in land dispute

Police in the Guangxi region opened fire on a group of villagers over a land requisition dispute, wounding at least five protesters, state media reported yesterday. One person later died in hospital, according to a villager.

15 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Acid attackers still at large, police say

Police believe the perpetrators of 10 acid attacks are still at large after they said the man arrested over the Causeway Bay attack was likely to be a copycat offender who acted alone.

15 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Next up on CCTV, more propaganda

Viewers of China Central Television should brace themselves for an even heavier dose of propaganda - a leaked memo orders news executives to avoid 'negative' stories.

Reports that criticise officials or question government policy are out. Those highlighting positive aspects of China, for example its rapid recovery from the global economic downturn, are very much in.

7 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Lawmakers voice concern over police plan to plug data leaks

Lawmakers yesterday voiced fears over a plan by police to set up a HK$400 million secure network for remote access to the force's database to prevent officers inadvertently leaking data onto the internet.

They are worried over the cost-effectiveness and the risk of losing confidential information.

6 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

More patrols and cameras to fight spate of falling objects

The spate of objects such as knives, scissors, hammers and now a bottle of corrosive liquid being thrown from windows of public estates has prompted authorities to hire more former police officers for patrols and install more surveillance cameras.

21 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Ex-policeman jailed for sham, robbery

A former policeman was jailed for three years and 10 months yesterday for impersonating a serving officer and blackmailing a prostitute out of HK$300. Chiu Sung-kei, 37, was convicted after trial in the District Court of blackmail, robbery and pretending to be a police officer. Chiu, a policeman between 1995 and 2000, committed the offences last year.

12 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Mistakes revealed in spying operations

Law enforcement agencies committed 11 irregularities in spying last year, including one case in which an officer behaved in an 'arrogant and presumptuous' manner towards the covert-surveillance watchdog.

1 Dec 2009 - 12:00am