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Occupy activist Ken Tsang and seven police officers who allegedly beat him charged, academic freedom and autonomy at HKU (17 Oct 2015)

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After a year legal action is finally being taken over the alleged beating of social worker Ken Tsang by seven of “Hong Kong’s finest”. And on the same day that was announced, the police declared they were arresting Mr Tsang, for some of his actions during the Occupy Central protest. But is this, as the old legal maxim suggests, a case of “justice delayed is justice denied”? With us in the studio are Law Yuk-kai, Director of Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor and Audrey Eu, Chairman of the Civic Party. The Education Bureau says that Hong Kong’s tertiary institutions have academic autonomy. But the Chief Executive is chancellor of nine of them, a role that’s traditionally been seen as primarily ceremonial or symbolic. In February, Ming Pao, quoting sources in the Polytechnic University's council, said that – breaking with that tradition - Leung Chun-ying had vetoed nominations for honorary degrees recommended by the University of Hong Kong's honorary degrees committee. The claim was neither confirmed nor denied by Mr Leung who sidestepped the issue by saying he had been “following the relevant universities' ordinances” in carrying out his duties. In the past week, Mr Leung has appointed more of his allies to the councils of Lingnan University, and at the Chinese University of Hong Kong another is reportedly likely to be appointed the new chairman. And then there was that council vote to block the appointment of Johannes Chan as pro-vice-chancellor at University of Hong Kong

Program: 
The Pulse
Publish Date: 
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Station: 
RTHK
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