Hong Kong to scour old films for subversive themes under new censorship law

Tue, 31 Aug 2021 05:16:09 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"Hong Kong will scrutinise past films for national security breaches under a
tough new censorship law in the latest blow to the city’s political and
artistic freedoms.

Authorities announced in June that the financial hub’s censorship board would
check any future films for content that breached the security law. But on
Tuesday they unveiled a new, hardened censorship law that would also cover any
titles that had previously been given a green light.

“Any film for public exhibition, past, present and future, will need to get
approval,” the commerce secretary, Edward Yau, said.

Authorities have embarked on a sweeping crackdown to root out Beijing’s critics
after democracy protests convulsed the financial hub two years ago. A new,
China-imposed security law and an official campaign dubbed “Patriots rule Hong
Kong” has since criminalised much dissent and strangled the democracy movement.

The security law bans anything authorities deem to be secession, subversion,
terrorism or collusion with foreign forces.

Almost all those arrested under the law have been democracy activists. A
legislative brief given to reporters on Tuesday mentioned recent documentaries
that “glorified” or “incited” protests."

Via Glyn Moody, who wrote "hongkong is dying before our eyes…"

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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