May 22, 2004 |
The abrupt resignations of three popular radio talk-show hosts in recent weeks amid accusations of political intimidation have alarmed human rights activists, who view the incidents as part of a broader mood of intolerance in this former British colony.
March 18, 2004 |
It's been a tough 12 months for the government of Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa. Hong Kong's leadership has fought disease, faced mass protests and watched its popularity tumble. And then there is the great crocodile caper.
September 5, 2003 |
Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa today announced that the government would withdraw a controversial anti-subversion bill that pro-democracy political forces in the territory bitterly opposed as a threat to freedom of speech. Tung made his announcement at a hastily arranged midday news conference, stating that he decided to withdraw the bill because "the Hong Kong community continues to have some doubts and concerns."
July 4, 2003 |
A top pro-Beijing lawmaker Thursday asked the Hong Kong government to water down an anti-subversion bill that prompted a protest by an estimated 350,000 people this week. "Since people still have existing doubts and this has caused such a great controversy, can the government consider responding to people's worries?" asked Jasper Tsang, chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong.
April 3, 2002 |
As the elderly woman told her tale, tears rolled down her cheeks and spilled onto the patterns of her wrinkled silk blouse. Through the hurt, 72-year-old Tse Kam-ying explained how her only son had departed for mainland China two days earlier under a deportation order, leaving her bewildered and alone except for one gnawing fear: that she will die at home and no one will know. "I have no one now," she stammered. "I don't know how the government can be so cruel."
July 1, 2001 |
The people of Hong Kong mark the fourth anniversary of their return to Chinese sovereignty today amid an uneasy sense that the biggest threat to their political autonomy may not be from Beijing but from within the territory. Government critics--and there are many--claim that the region's leadership is ill-advised, overly cautious and lacking in vision.