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Raymond Wacks

Media groups unveil key ethics code

The first code of ethics for journalists has been unveiled by the industry in a last-ditch attempt to restore credibility.

But representatives admitted there was no consensus on how to handle non-compliance.

Monday, 28 February, 2000, 12:00am

Media's chance to set privacy code

The panel proposing a media council to curb privacy intrusion is poised to give journalists more time to hammer out self-discipline guidelines.

The Law Reform Commission's privacy subcommittee is to meet on Saturday after a three-month consultation ended last November.

13 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Lawyers applaud judgment 'fairness'

The top court is unlikely to allow further limitations on the freedom of expression after upholding the validity of laws which penalise flag desecration, the chairman of the Bar Association said.

Ronny Tong Ka-wah SC said the landmark ruling displayed an attempt to deal with the issue in 'a reasonable and humane way'.

16 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Raid on press notes 'disturbing'

The seizure of Apple Daily reporters' notebooks and computer disks could threaten press freedom and the flow of information to the public, journalists and academics warned.

Professor Raymond Wacks, chairman of the Law Reform Commission's privacy sub-committee and a professor of law at Hong Kong University, said the raid was 'extremely disturbing'.

1 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Unpopular press council plan may proceed

A statutory press council against intrusions of privacy may still be pursued despite widespread opposition.

But Professor Raymond Wacks, chairman of the Law Reform Commission's privacy subcommittee which made the proposal, said other options such as self-regulation and a non-statutory monitoring body would be considered.

1 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Media critics seek teeth for watchdog

A press council with statutory powers of punishment would be a departure from international practice, according to a Legco Secretariat study.

But the Law Reform Commission subcommittee which put forward the proposal is adamant that Hong Kong needs a body with teeth to deal with press intrusions of privacy.

9 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Tung role in press council 'may be lost'

A plan for the Chief Executive to appoint members of the proposed press council on privacy will be reconsidered, according to the panel which made the suggestion.

The Law Reform Commission's privacy subcommittee chairman, Professor Raymond Wacks, yesterday conceded there had been strong views opposing the appointment method.

4 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Nationality of sub-committee members irrelevant

In the letter from Tim Hamlett headlined, 'Law reform body of evidence' (South China Morning Post, September 9), he suggested that there were some 'atypical features of the sub-committee's numbers'. I would like to clarify the points raised in his letter.

15 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Past governors would have appointed watchdog head - academic

Having Tung Chee-hwa choose the head of a press council to protect privacy was a constitutional necessity, the academic who suggested the council said yesterday.

10 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

New faces chosen for legal body

A lawyer who supports the Government's position on the right of abode controversy was appointed to the Law Reform Commission yesterday.

Senior Counsel Alan Hoo, a prominent criminal lawyer, is among seven new members named to the advisory body.

Mr Hoo wrote an article in June in support of the Government's decision to reinterpret the Basic Law.

2 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Law Reform Commission's independent role

In your article on August 21 on the consultation paper on media intrusion issued by the privacy sub-committee of the Law Reform Commission ('Privacy curbs urged for press') and again on August 26 ('Don't fear press council: Exco chief') you stated that 'the Law Reform Commission is part of the Department of Justice'.

It is not, and never has been.

1 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Four-month term for editor wins broad approval

The decision to imprison a former chief editor over his newspaper's editorial content would not undermine free speech, legislators and legal experts said yesterday.

Most agreed that articles in the Oriental Daily News attacking 'swinish' judges were so outrageous and shocking that the editor deserved to go to jail.

1 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

Action proposed against buyers of pirated goods

Buying pirated goods could become an offence under proposals to strengthen the protection of intellectual property rights.

Trade and Industry Bureau officials revealed the proposals yesterday, the day before the United States announces its watchlist of countries infringing intellectual property rights.

30 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Open debate

Academic freedom is specifically guaranteed under Article 136 of the Basic Law. But, as with so many other freedoms, this is not something that can be protected purely by written promises. Some of the potential threats come from beyond the SAR: such as China's denial of exit visas to mainland professors, and US restrictions on the export of powerful computers needed for research purposes.

5 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

Don calls for academic freedom watchdog

A group should be set up to protect academic freedom and guard against political interference, a law professor says.

Raymond Wacks, professor of law and legal theory at the University of Hong Kong, said he was concerned the principle of academic freedom, already under pressure, would face greater danger after the handover.

29 May 1997 - 12:00am