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A Politically Neutral Civil Service?; Dave Marash - An American Journalist with Al Jazeera; Mediation - The Alternative to Litigation; Digital TV - Are You Ready For It? (30 Nov 2007)


The role of the government is to make policy. The role of civil servants is to carry it out. But how well is Hong Kong's civil service maintaining its long-established aim of political neutrality? And does it need to? Since its implementation in 2002, the political appointment system, sometimes also called the accountability system, has not been lacking controversy. So far, the system has had its share of casualties. In his recent Policy Address the Chief Executive proposed the addition of deputy bureau chiefs, another layer of support and accountability. But is this more likely to enhance governance or to threaten the neutrality of the civil service? Recently we presented a report on Al Jazeera, the satellite station that presents the world from the perspective of the Middle East. Dave Marash has worked for ABC News, NBC, ESPN, and even the Fox television network. Last year he joined the new Doha-headquartered Al Jazeera English channel. In our studio, he tells us why. Are you at odds with anyone, at home or professionally? If you are, and you don't want to end up in court, you could resort to the help of a professional mediator. This morning a two-day conference on mediation began. Its title is "Mediation in Hong Kong – The Way Forward," and it's been set up by eight local organisations, both government and non-government. Starting from the end of this year, if you have the right equipment, you can see The Pulse and plenty of other Hong Kong free-to-air programmes, in pristine digital TV … if you have the right equipment. And if you don't know your DTV, from your HDTV, or your SDTV, or what equipment you're going to need to receive any of the above, we present a primer.

The Pulse
Publish Date: 
Friday, November 30, 2007
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