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Curbing of US spy powers is 'historic': Edward Snowden

Curbing of US spy powers is 'historic': Edward Snowden

Fugitive former US security contractor Edward Snowden on Tuesday hailed as "historic" efforts to end the bulk collection of Americans' phone records, while urging campaigners to go further.

Wednesday, 3 June, 2015, 11:00am

Beijing must not bungle law reform

The varied reactions to amendments to the Criminal Procedure Law (CPL) wheeled out last week highlight a growing dilemma for those who care about the mainland legal system. On the one hand we see laudable efforts to strengthen the rule of law for the general public, and on the other we see worrying trends in the treatment of so-called dissidents.

1 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

We need to raise the bar so civil servants show real initiative

As 2008 draws to a close, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen should ask himself what has gone wrong during the year.

30 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Barrister dumped for conflict of interest

A practising barrister has been removed from the Town Planning Appeal Board panel, on which he had served for more than two years, after the government discovered his membership was illegal because he was one of its own counsel.

9 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Snooping bill won't need sunset clause

Official says it is unnecessary after in-depth scrutiny

The government's refusal to add a 'sunset clause' that would force it to review the controversial covert surveillance bill after it has been enacted may lead democrats to vote against it next month.

15 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Opening courts will boost confidence

Transparency and openness are virtues which governments in modern democratic societies are now - for good reason - expected to possess. They provide a means by which fair play and accountability can be ensured.

No wonder Donald Tsang Yam-kuen highlighted both in last week's campaign speeches ahead of his expected election as the next chief executive.

5 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Time for courts to take down 'no entry' signs

The wheels of justice do not always turn as quickly as they should. Those concerning open justice - allowing the public greater access to court cases - have been creeping along for years. They have still not reached their destination. Open justice has rightly been described as a cornerstone of the legal system.

25 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Judicial foot-dragging on right to know stalls open and shut case

IT USED TO BE that the High Court was a place for great legal minds. Now it is apparently becoming a top venue for mind-readers.

These shrewd individuals are among the lucky few who have been able to tread behind closed doors to take advantage of the judiciary's unpublicised policy of opening certain chamber hearings to the public.

1 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Patriotism's yardstick

Patriotism's yardstick

To me, engaging in debate on patriotism is meaningless. A better strategy is to stay undistracted in order to pursue full citizens' rights and the redesign of a viable and democratic political system with a set time-frame.

6 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

cab chat

Tang Chi-ming, 37, says the ongoing debate over patriotism is like a family dispute.

Ride from Admiralty to Quarry Bay.

Cost: $48.60.

It is absolutely impossible to lay down in black and white the definition of patriotism and what qualifies one to be a patriot.

27 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Patriotism: it's about people

Though he does not profess to be a 'patriot', Peter Berry's letter headlined 'Noise makers' (February 17) expressed what most of us who are patriotic would have said, but more eloquently.

21 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Privacy is under threat from the crackdown on terrorist financing

Peter Gallo, a lawyer and author of reports on money laundering, tells a Rotary Club luncheon at The Peninsula that banking privacy is under threat from the crackdown on terrorist financing.

8 Feb 2002 - 12:00am

Bad accident

Some politicians and officials are born lucky; others are accident-prone. The disclosure that the Government inadvertently sent some judges a letter setting out its case over its decision to seek reinterpretation of the Basic Law over the mainland migrants places the Secretary for Justice and her department firmly in the second category.

8 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

Courts ready to make the change

The Judiciary is prepared to make changes to create a more open system of justice if such steps are found to be necessary, said acting Chief Justice Noel Power yesterday.

In his speech at the opening of the new legal year, Mr Justice Power said working parties set up to consider secret hearings would soon deliver their reports.

14 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Case for open justice

Justice must not only be done; it must also be seen to be done. The importance of that commonplace has rarely been as important as it is in Hong Kong today. As the territory looks towards its future, not only the impartiality of the legal system but also the degree of public confidence which it commands are of paramount importance.

14 Oct 1996 - 12:00am