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Journalists Want Withdrawal of Proposed Changes

INFORMATION ACCESS—HONG KONG

January 10, 2013

Journalists in Hong Kong have called on the government to withdraw proposed law changes that would make it more difficult to examine the backgrounds of company directors, citing press freedom. Bloomberg reports the concerns center around limitations issued in November by Hong Kong’s Financial Services and Treasury Bureau that would keep residential addresses and full identification numbers of company directors private. “This is unquestionably a retrogressive development in the free flow of information,” said the Hong Kong Journalists Association. “The main objective of the current public inspection arrangement is to ensure that the interests of minority shareholders are protected, that is, the general interests of the public.”
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