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Journalists Campaign Against Proposed Law

PRIVACY LAW—HONG KONG

January 28, 2013

A group of Hong Kong journalists have published a petition in five local newspapers against a proposed law that would limit access to information about company directors. The petition includes the signatures of 1,769 reporters, editors, media teachers and students. Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) Chairwoman Mak Yin-ting warned if the bill becomes law, “the free flow of information will be suffocated.” The move to petition comes after the government said it would consult with the privacy commission over the proposed changes, according to South China Morning Post. In a full-page ad, the HKJA stated, “Allowing the public, including journalists, to examine the personal data of a director has long been a sound common practice, which has not been abused.”
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