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National Security Agency doing its job

Your editorial ("US surveillance policy shows it cannot be trusted", June 12) manages to confuse the aggressive and often overreaching promotion of democracy and human rights by US governments with a perfectly legitimate programme of self-defence.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 4:23am 7 comments

Hong Kong government clings to its secrets as fewer records declassified

Unlike in Britain and the United States where declassification falls under freedom of information laws, here the 30-year rule principle is only part of a government code on public records access. And the release rate has dropped from 61 per cent in 2008, to 46 per cent in 2010, to 41 per cent in 2012, according to figures given by the GRS in response to an inquiry by the South China Morning Post.

27 May 2013 - 2:26pm

Watchdog steps up pressure on non-transparent Hong Kong charities

With so many groups seeking funds, it can be tough figuring out which cause to give to. Are the organisations all they're cracked up to be and how much of the contribution really goes to people in need?

21 May 2013 - 9:52am

Audit office finds flaws at 13 big state firms

China Mobile, China Construction Bank, Agricultural Bank of China and 10 other big state-owned firms have been accused by the National Audit Office of various management and accounting irregularities and failure to implement government policies.

11 May 2013 - 4:39am

Fresh call for China's top leaders to declare assets

Chinese internet users have urged the country's top leaders to follow US, Russian and French leaders by making their personal assets public. A report by Xinhua on its Sina Weibo account on Sunday about asset disclosures by leaders overseas was reposted more than 7,000 times and racked up more than 2,000 comments, making it one of the account's hottest posts.

17 Apr 2013 - 4:52am 10 comments

Transparency may not always be a virtue

Full disclosure of company accounts the right thing to do but it is different story when it comes to stock market dealings.

26 Feb 2013 - 5:03am

Transparency a key lesson learned from Sars outbreak in mainland China

Ten years ago, after mounting criticism from governments around the world and the World Health Organisation, which were concerned about a possible cover-up of the severity of severe acute respiratory syndrome, the government changed its policy and revealed the true severity of the outbreak.

22 Feb 2013 - 4:12am

Open access to directors' names, but not their home addresses

The recent debate about the government proposals to restrict access to the personal information of company directors has been one-sided, so it is useful to re-examine the arguments carefully to see which elements, if any, of the proposals are justified, taking into account press freedom, access to information and privacy.

6 Feb 2013 - 4:26am 4 comments

The limits of open government

A troubling outcome of the ongoing financial crisis has been a collapse of trust in democratic institutions and politicians. Can greater "transparency" - the new political mantra of civic activists and an increasing number of democratic governments - reverse this trend?

2 Feb 2013 - 2:04am

SMEs join chorus of concern over hiding of directors' identity

The changes to the Companies Registry, set to start next year, will also hinder researchers studying possible collusion between officials and industry power brokers, academics say.

27 Jan 2013 - 5:00am 3 comments