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    23 Nov 2010 列印 E-mail

    Category

       Press Freedom

    Issue

    • Interception of Communications and Surveillance Ordinance

    News Content

    • The Commission on Interception of Communications and Surveillance released its annual report yesterday. Two cases in which law enforcers have been found to have intercepted call to journalist were disclosed.
    • The Commissioner on Interception of communications and surveillance, Mr. Justice Woo Kwok-hing said in the first case a set of restrictive conditions was imposed on obtaining journalistic material, in line with the one for obtaining material subject to legal professional privilege while in the second case, the judge revoked the authorization after receiving reports that journalistic materials were involved though no restrictive conditions were imposed at the time of authorization. 

    Questions

    •  Chairwoman of the Hong Kong Journalists’ Association, Mak Yin-ting said once journalistic materials were found, the interception should be stopped immediately. Her comments refer to the first case in which the judge allowed the tap to continue though the judge knew the tap involved journalistic materials.
    • Legco security panel chairman James To asked why in the second case no restrictions had been imposed at the time of authorization.
    • Mak Yin-ting said journalistic materials should be under the same protected as then given to material with legal professional privilege, as she argued if journalistic materials are allowed to be intercepted by the law enforcement agencies, it will make whistleblowers afraid to reveal malpractices by the establishment.