Rising through the ranks as a civil servant, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor is Hong Kong’s 4th and current Chief Executive.

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Head of Hong Kong’s civil service college to be paid over HK$3 million a year as recruitment exercise begins

The person chosen to head Hong Kong’s new civil service college must have “a comprehensive and accurate understanding” of China’s constitution, the city’s Basic Law and the Beijing-imposed national security law, among other attributes – and in return will earn more than HK$3 million a year. The successful applicant will be awarded a three-year contract…

Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam vows to ‘plug loopholes’ in internet regulation, and ‘supervise and manage the media’

Hong Kong’s leader has vowed to “proactively plug loopholes” in the city’s internet regulation to ensure “fake news” circulating online does not “harm society.” Chief Executive Carrie Lam also said the city’s law enforcement will bolster its current efforts to clarify and target disinformation on the internet. “We need to properly supervise and manage the…

COMMENTARY & ANALYSIS

In the new Hong Kong, is there nowhere for people to seek redress against the authorities?

Is the Hong Kong police force subject to any form of public accountability? If the experience of the Hong Kong Journalists Association is anything to go by, the answer is no. After a wait of two years, the ironically named Independent Police Complaints Council has not only refused to pursue 26 out of 27 complaints…

Hong Kong’s fuzzy national security law – where are the details?

One of the complaints that lawyers routinely make about the national security law (NSL) is that it is not clear enough about what is forbidden and what is not. Eva Pils, a professor of law at King’s College London, described the wording as “broad and malleable,” wondering if “mere criticism of the central party state…

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Covid-19: Hong Kong’s gov’t’s own data raises questions over necessity of 21-day quarantine

Only three of all imported Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong this summer were detected after the first week of quarantine and two of them were staying in the same hotel at overlapping times, raising further questions about the effectiveness of the city’s draconian policy. Among 188 imported Covid-19 cases detected from about 267,000 people arriving…

Hong Kong Policy Address: What was missing – and what the omissions mean for the city’s future

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam delivered the last policy address of her current term on Wednesday, laying out her vision for the city. Whilst pro-Beijing lawmakers hailed her address, democrats said Lam’s speech was meant for Beijing’s ears ahead of next year’s leadership race, rather than being of benefit to Hongkongers. Having spotlighted the…

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