Switzerland frees banks to settle US tax evasion cases

Switzerland aims to save its banks from heavier punishment in the United States for helping wealthy tax cheats by sidestepping its own famed secrecy laws to let bankers disclose data to US prosecutors.

Thursday, 30 May, 2013, 1:46pm

Hong Kong must not add another cloak of secrecy to company operations

Hong Kong must not add another cloak of secrecy to company operations

News of a government proposal to obscure the identities of company directors was met internationally with bewilderment and locally with embarrassment. Officials have again showed a profoundly flawed understanding of the role of companies in a well-administered society.

5 Feb 2013 - 6:30am 3 comments

Culture of secrecy has no place in arts hub

Workers work on the Bamboo Theatre at West Kowloon Cultural District. Photo: Edward Wong

Transparency is an essential component for good public governance. It enables people to keep a close watch on the government, give them a say on public affairs and it holds officials accountable in the event of wrongdoing. The principle, which applies to statutory bodies funded by taxpayers, has served Hong Kong well.

5 May 2015 - 11:40am

Keeping a secret

Has Beijing officially recognised the work of WikiLeaks?

1 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Legal minefield

In June, Xu Zerong, who received his doctorate from Oxford University, was released from prison in Guangdong after serving 11 years for 'leaking state secrets'. Xu photocopied documents given to him by other scholars concerning the Korean war, 50 years before, that had not then been classified as secret and gave them to a South Korean scholar.

10 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

A magical double-act

A magician never reveals his or her secrets, but exceptions are made for fathers and sons. Coming from a family of conjurers, Sos Petrosyan Jnr, 15 and Tigran Petrosyan, 11, are coached by their father. They dazzle schoolmates and friends with magic tricks, but are not allowed to reveal how they do them.

31 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Part-time staff at WikiLeaks 'journalists'

WikiLeaks is as much a media organisation as any publisher and its hundreds of part-time staff - many unknown - are legitimate journalists, says the lawyer defending the founder of the whistle-blowing website's founder, Julian Assange, against sex-crime allegations.

10 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Bag full of tricks

Requirements: You need to be passionate about magic and love the beauty of what it can do. Talent is useful, but you also need perseverance: it can take months or years to become expert at certain tricks. You also need to be observant, creative and hard- working.

13 May 2010 - 12:00am

A chance to get the law on wiretaps right

Once a year, the community gets a snapshot of the snooping on citizens by law enforcement agencies. The annual report of the watchdog on phone-tapping and bugging of private property reveals how much of it is going on and how many arrests of wrongdoers are said to have resulted from it.

14 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Season's spoilers

Although the Christmas break affords some extra time to view those movies that are still on your 'to watch' list, it isn't nearly long enough to see them all. But not to worry, say internet filmmakers Benny and Rafi Fine, aka The Fine Brothers. Their hilarious new video on YouTube (keywords: '100 Movie Spoilers in 5 Minutes') will save you about four days of solid movie-watching.

21 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Show to highlight all the magic Christmas brings

Christmas promises to be an enchanting time when renowned local magician Albert Tam brings a host of international stars to Hong Kong. Tam, a professional magician for more than 20 years, has invited colleagues from across the globe to join the show, to be held from December 25-27 at the Sheung Wan Civic Centre, Yuen Long Theatre and the Tai Po Civic Centre.

13 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Trick and treat

There was more than sleight of hand on display at a recent contest of close-up magic - routines that stand up to scrutiny at close range. University student Ng Ka-wai, for instance, brought the house down with an act built around his impersonation of Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen in his days as financial secretary.

19 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Pioneer works magic

Charlie Cheuk entertains audiences with her colourful brand of illusions, but entering the profession was tough

22 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Magicians appeal for proper venues to ensure quality shows

A leading magician has appealed for the government to provide proper venues and facilities as the city hosts performers from across the region.

Simon Ma Chor-yee, vice-chairman of the Magician's Association of Hong Kong and a professional with 20 years of experience, pressed his case yesterday at the opening of the Asian Magic Association Convention 2007 in Sha Tin.

3 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Conjuring up a magical life on the stage

Desire and personality are the ingredients of a successful career

27 Oct 2007 - 12:00am