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Hong Kong proposes movie censorship legislation to ‘safeguard nationwide safety’

HONG KONG: Hong Kong mentioned on Tuesday (Aug 24) new movie censorship laws shall be launched to “safeguard nationwide safety”, in one other signal of shrinking freedoms within the former British colony.

China launched a sweeping nationwide safety legislation in June final 12 months to crack down on what it deems subversion, secessionism, terrorism and collusion with overseas forces, following months of generally violent pro-democracy protests in 2019.

The brand new “movie censorship” modification Invoice will assist improve the regulatory framework, the federal government mentioned in a press release, with a view to “making certain simpler fulfilment of the obligation to safeguard nationwide safety”.

“The primary reference is the nationwide safety legislation … for situations, acts or actions which could endorse, help, glorify, encourage and incite such actions that may endanger nationwide safety,” Edward Yau, Hong Kong’s commerce secretary, informed reporters.

Hong Kong’s quantity two official, the chief secretary, may even be empowered to revoke a movie’s licence if discovered to be “opposite to the pursuits of nationwide safety”.

Those that violate the legislation might sentenced to 3 years imprisonment and fined HK$1 million (US$128,400).

The Invoice shall be put to the town’s Legislative Council subsequent Wednesday.

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