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Hong Kong: Freedom of speech November 1, 2006

Posted by Jasper in Uncategorized.
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A telecommunications authority in operation…..

Maverick legislator “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-Hung, was arrested a couple of weeks ago by officers from the Office of Telecommunications Authority (OFTA) during a ‘Citizen’s Radio’ broadcast for suspected use of unlicensed radio transmitters. Mr Leung will appear in court on 17 November, charged with contravening section 8 of the Telecommunications Ordinance, which proscribes the possession or use of any apparatus for radio communications or any apparatus of any kind that generates and emits radio waves. If convicted, Mr Leung Kwok-Hung will face a maximum penalty of a HKD 50,000 fine and 2 years’ imprisonment. 

The arrest has reignited freedom of speech debate in Hong Kong. Parliamentarian Mr Chan Wai Yip has responded by stating that the actions of the OFTA constituted the suppression of freedom of speech, vowing to table a motion to the legislative council to require the government to open up radio stations and frequencies to all residents of Hong Kong.

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