fredag 11. juni 2021

Hong Kong authorities to censor films that ‘endanger national security’

Hong Kong censors are to vet all films for national security breaches under expanded powers in the latest blow to the city’s political and artistic freedoms. Authorities in semi-autonomous Hong Kong have embarked on a sweeping crackdown to root out Beijing’s critics after huge and often violent democracy protests convulsed the city in 2019. 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 latest target is films. In a statement on Friday, the government said the film censorship ordinance had been expanded to include “any act or activity which may amount to an offence endangering national security”.

“When considering a film as a whole and its effect on the viewers, the censor should have regard to his duties to prevent and suppress acts or activities endangering national security, and the common responsibility of the people of Hong Kong to safeguard the sovereignty, unification and territorial integrity of the People’s Republic of China,” the new guidance, which is effective immediately, states.