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SPJ SUPPORTS CALL FOR FREEDOM-OF-INFORMATION LAW

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) joined Hong Kong journalists last week in calling for a freedom-of-information law amidst controversy over the government's refusal to release details of its contract with a multinational company. Speaking on a radio talk show panel with former legislator Christine Loh and Francis Moriarty, chair of the Foreign Correspondents' Club Press Freedom Committee, SPJ's Robert Leger said a freedom-of-information law would help "hold government more accountable to give citizens power to pry information that ? the government might not want them to have because it is embarrassing to them."

The Hong Kong government has recently aroused controversy over its refusal to release details of a contract it signed with Walt Disney Co to build a Disneyland theme park in Hong Kong. See
www.spj.org.

For a comprehensive resource on freedom-of-information laws around the world, go to Freedominfo.org (
http://freedominfo.org).

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