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Journalists play important role in rights and privacy

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Mo Shek Keung Gilbert, Deputy law draftsman (Bilingual Drafting & Administration), said a journalist has to balance public interests and the right to know and to define privacy today in Shue Yan College.

Gilbert said there is no definition for privacy in the Laws of Hong Kong and it is hard to define it. “So far there is no restriction to protect privacy in Hong Kong,” said Gilbert, “but only a few rules to regulate some behaviour like loitering.”

He said Hong Kong people have the freedom of speech according to article 27, “but it is not absolute.” He emphasized, “The criteria is to setup rules to restrict it.” He quoted article 16, “The rights are subjected to certain restrictions for respect of the rights or reputations of others, or for the protection of national security or of public order, or of public health or morals.”

Another guest in Shue Yan College Woo Lai Wan, Chairwoman of Hong Kong Journalists Association, agreed with Gilbert. “A journalist has to decide very carefully what should be reported and what should not.” But she doubt the effectiveness of setting up a new rule to protect privacy in the near future. She commented it with the case of posting a picture of an artist who was changing clothes in a magazine. “Law is to restrict behaviour but not morality. Education is much more important.”

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