Hong Kong Passes Film Law Allowing Censorship on National Security Grounds

Hong Kong Passes Film Law Allowing Censorship on National Security Grounds
Hong Kong legislators on Wednesday approved an amended law that will allow film censorship on the basis of national security considerations. It does not cover the online screening of movies, though a government minister described that omission as a “loophole.”

The revision to the law is the latest operation to tighten the government grip on civil society, artistic and speech freedoms in the country.

The city’s legislative council — in which there are no opposing forces — amended the Film Censorship Bill by a show of hands to give movie censors the task of vetting content for violations of a draconian national security law written and imposed by Beijing in July 2020.

The National Security Law bans anything that is deemed to be or incite secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces. Under the film censorship amendment, violators screening unauthorized films may face punishments including fines up to $129,000 (Hk$1 million) and three years in prison.
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