By Wong Sammi
On October 15, 2013, the Hong Kong government approved the application for the free-to-air television license by Fantastic Television Limited (Fantastic TV) and Hong Kong Television Entertainment Company Limited (HKTVE) but rejected the application submitted by Hong Kong Television Network’s (HKTV).
The decision was first published with no clear reasons. Shortly after people’s strong demand for the reason behind why did HKTV’s application got rejected, the government claimed, “the market could barely support two new players in the television industry with TVB and ATV” and “it will be very likely for someone to be failed in the competition if there is five free TV channels”.
By Wong Regina
Recently, the “Occupy Central Movement”, or some may call “Umbrella Revolution” is the hottest topic in Hong Kong. It is a civil disobedience movement started originally by the “Occupy Central with Love and Peace”, the “Hong Kong Federation of Students” and the “Scholarism” mainly. But what exactly is civil disobedience? Civil disobedience is defined to be the violation of the law or commands given by the government for the protester’s interest. The movement had triggered some negative responses from the locals and Chiu Luen Public Light Bus Company Limited and Hong Kong Taxi Association had decided to apply for Injunction against the movement.
By Wong Ho Yin Cherry
The amended Trade Description Ordinance (TDO) Cap 362 came into effect on July 19, 2013. It aims to prohibit false trade descriptions for goods and services and protect customers from the misleading information provided by some tricky sellers. However, some may argue that out of so many cases in Hong Kong, only a few have been addressed.
Is the Ordinance effective to achieve its purposes? This post will look into Section 7 of the Ordinance regarding offences in respect of trade descriptions of goods and evaluate its effectiveness.
By Tam Wing Laam, Bobo
Corporal punishment is defined by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) as “any punishment in which physical force is used and intends to cause some degree of pain of discomfort” (UNCRC, 2014).
In May 2014, a mother dumped her 3-year-old son into a rubbish bin because he was screaming and shouting on the street (Apple daily, 2014). In 2006, a 10-year-boy was found dead in a suitcase. It found out that his parents forced him to get into the suitcase as punishment (Lee, 2006).
By Sue Yui Hang
The Competition Commission issued 100 pages of draft guidelines on Competition Law which details what may or may not constitute a violation under the ordinance.
The drafted guidelines
According to Hong Kong Competition Commission (2014), guidelines were made on the following rules:
- The First Conduct Rule: It prohibits agreement between undertakings which have the object or effect of preventing, restricting and distorting competition in Hong Kong. Examples include cartel activities between horizontal trading partners, like price fixing, market sharing; as well as restrictive agreements between vertical trading partners like output-restriction and resale price maintenance.
- The Second Conduct Rule: It prohibits the abuse of a substantial degree of market power, with product and geographic scopes being taken into account. Examples of power abuses include predatory pricing, limited production, shrinking of product quality and product choices etc.
- Merger Rule: It applies only to mergers involving directly or indirectly, holders of carrier licenses under the Telecommunications Ordinance.
By Shue Wai Him Ian
A HKU exchange student from the UK was caught planting marijuana in his residential hall on the 26th April and was brought to court in Eastern Magistrates’ Courts last month (Chinanews, 2014). As he has no history of violating the law, and there was no evidence proving the marijuana was for commercial use, he was issued a final ruling allowing a bind over. Some netizens argued that it was a too lenient sentence, and a sterner penalty would be more appropriate. Does this student deserve a mild punishment?