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Privacy, the Companies Ordinance, and the Public Right to Know; Kindergarten Rat-Race; Alliance for Universal Suffrage on a Break (01 Feb 2013)


Since the 1940s and 1950s most developed countries worldwide have enacted legislation designed to facilitate Freedom of Information and access to public records. To this day, the Hong Kong government is not bound by any such legal consideration. Access to public records here remains a privilege, not a right, and there are no legal penalties against failing to provide it. Even the government's own Audit Commission has found its work hampered by missing archives. Currently the Ombudsman is looking into public calls for access to public information, as well as the corollary need for a clear government archive policy. Former legislator Margaret Ng, a long time campaigner for Freedom of Information legislation., is in our studio.  For the ninth time since the handover, legislators have rejected a Motion of Thanks for the Chief Executive’s Policy Address. The debate lasted almost 32 hours across three days. Functional-constituency lawmakers backed the motion, voting 24 to 10 in favour. Geographical-constituency lawmakers rejected it, 18 to 16. A majority on both sides was needed for it to pass. But even though many functional constituency members ultimately voted for it, much of the criticism in the legislative council chamber did come from pro-government lawmakers.

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Publish Date: 
Friday, February 1, 2013
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