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Anti-Stalking Law threaten freedom of press in Hong Kong

2012-03-01 - michelle

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Caption: Shall Hong Kongers enjoy freedom of assembly if the anti-stalking law is passed?

After Commissioner of Police (CP) Mr Tsang took office, his tough measures against the demonstrators have raised social concerns about the anti-stalking legislation. Law Reform Commission (hereinafter referred to as "LRC") published "anti-stalking" consultation document on 19 December last year which is called "The press 23" by the society. According to the document, stalking "may be described as a series of acts directed at a specific person which, taken together over a period of time, causes him to feel harassed, alarmed or distressed”. These acts might not be objectionable but, when combined over a period of time, interfered with the privacy and family life of the victim, and causing him distress, alarm or ever serious impairment of his physical or psychological well being. These acts may cause annoying or panic but still lawful at the beginning act, evolve into a dangerous, violent or likely to cause others to death. If a person ought to have known a course of conduct which amounted to harassment of the other, he should be guilty of a criminal offense. A maximum penalty would be a fine of $ 100,000 and imprisonment for two years, and with civil liability. The victim would be able to claim damages for any distress, anxiety and financial loss resulting from the pursuit and apply for an injunction to prohibit the stalker from doing anything which causes him alarm or distress.

Real-name authentication of microblogging by March 16 in China

2012-02-08 - michelle
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According to the implementation of the “Beijing shi wei bo fazhan guanli you guan gui ding (Regulation on mirco-blogging in Beijing)” , the real-name authentication will be executed by the four popular microblogs in China from March 16. Theese include Sina (weibo.com), Sohu (t.sohu.com), Netease (t.163.com) and Tencent weibo (t.qq.com). Although this regulation claims to be “voluntary”, old users without real-name authentication are unable to post and forward messages anymore. They can only browse contents on the blog.

Significant issues on free speech at Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and Macao in 2011

2012-01-27 - michelle
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Translated by: Kenny Choi

Editor note: This article, originally published in inmediahk.net tells significant issues on free speech at Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and Macao.

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Caption: Hong Kong Netizens against the Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2011,which forbid the exemption of derivative works as not being infringing.

At the beginning of the year, the Office for Personal Data Protection of Macau government issued the Guidelines on Publication of Personal Data on the Internet. In addition to include individual identification information, private life, medical records and other information as “personal data”, the guidelines also consists of “data revealing philosophical or political beliefs, political society or trade union membership, religion and racial or ethnic origin.” The Guideline states that except the consent of the litigants has been acquired or their information been published, any sensitive information cannot be publicized. Daily practice on the internet today could infringe Personal Data Protection Act. Therefore people who concern with freedom of speech requested amendment of the Guidelines.

Ten things impressed me the most about Weibo (weibo.com)

2011-12-26 - michelle
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Written by: Mainland Blogger Jason Ng
Translated by: Michelle Fong

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Editor notes: This article was first published in Simplified Chinese by a Mainland Blogger about Ten things impressed him the most about Weibo.com (新浪微博,Sina mircoblog , akin hybrid of Twitter and Facebook and being the most popular site in China.) which is the most popular microblog in China.

When the concept of Tibet enters the stock market

2011-08-03 - michelle
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Editor note: This article, originally published in inmediahk.net, tells how a small company can turn into giant enterprises through the mysterious network and relationship with officials.

Cross border feminist dialogue

2011-07-25 - oiwan

Below is a summary of an advocacy meeting on "Cross-border feminist strategy" which took place in Hong Kong on June 11, 2011. The meeting is part of the research effort on "Gender, ICT and citizenship" coordinated by IT for Change. It aims to bring together feminist activists from China and Hong Kong to address debate over citizen rights in relation to the authoritarian regime in Mainland China and the border politics under the post-colonial conditions of One Country Two System in Hong Kong.

Chair: Ip Iam Chong (Hong Kong In-Media, Hong Kong)

Speakers:
Lu Ping (Gender Watch China, Beijing)
Li Jun (Gender Action Network, Guangzhou)
Sally Choi (AAF, Hong Kong)
Oiwan Lam (Hong Kong In-Media, Hong Kong)

China's workers (New Internationalist, April 2011)

2011-04-08 - SACOM
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Makers of the miracle
New Internationalist looks behind the impressive economic statistics to find the human story – the sweat and the struggle underlying China’s impressive growth record. This is a tale of vast proportions – the largest migration in human history, the ruthless exploitation of the vulnerable, and the awakening of hundreds of thousands to their power and their rights. Analysis mixes with history and the voices of the workers to paint a picture of what is at stake both for China and the world.

In support of peoples uprising at Africa and Middle East

2011-02-24 - damon

Call for Action

In support of peoples uprising at Africa and Middle East
Fight for freedom in solidarity against all tyranny

Encouraged by the successful Tunisian Revolution in the beginning of the year, peoples of Egypt,
Yemem, Libya and Bahrain rose up in Africa and Middle East and take to the street to show their
determination to fight against autocratic tyrants. While it is heartening that initial victory was won
by peoples of Egypt in ousting the autocratic ruler Mubarak on 11 February, it is also disheartening
that no less than 360 peoples lost their life to the then government's repression.

VOTE for FOXCONN: the worst company of the year 2011

(30-second short video statement) http://www.publiceye.ch/en/vote/foxconn/

At least 18 workers committed suicide at Foxconn in 2010. They were internal migrants from the countryside in the 17 to 25 age group.

In the 21st century China, India, Mexico and other countries, Foxconn workers have “nothing to lose but their chains” (Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, 1848, The Communist Manifesto).

China: The World of Guarantee

2010-12-14 - LEE Chi-Leung
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Editor note: This is an excerpt translation of an investigative report in CBN Weekly on the monitoring of online service providers through the Guarantee system. The article tells the story behind the suspension of DNS of Wangju (http://www.ju690.cn) and Shiguang ( http://www.mtime.com) websites as a result of their failure in complying to the requirement of web-censors. The article was removed from CBN Weekly's website soon after it was published. You can find the full the Chinese version here.

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