World Hong Kong to censor films under national security law
Hong Kong's Tiananmen museum shuts down amid investigation
HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong museum commemorating China's deadly 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protests closed Wednesday three days after opening as the ruling Communist Party tries to stamp out the last traces of public discussion of the event. Hong Kong was the last place on Chinese soil where the party's attack on protests centered on Beijing's Tiananmen Square was commemorated with candlelight vigils and other events. But authorities have banned public ceremonies for the second year amid a campaign by Beijing to crush pro-democracy activism in the territory.
By Jessie Pang
HONG KONG (Reuters) - The Hong Kong government on Friday enacted new guidelines that allow authorities to censor films on the basis of safeguarding national security, escalating concerns over freedoms in the former British colony.
The government said the changes that give the film censor authority to ban films perceived as promoting or glorifying acts or activities that could endanger national security take effect from Friday.
The Film Censorship Authority should stay "vigilant to the portrayal, depiction or treatment of any act or activity which may amount to an offence endangering national security", the government said in a statement.
In Hong Kong, lighting a candle for Tiananmen victims is now a crime
Wearing black, or being in or around Victoria Park on the anniversary, could also land someone a one-year sentence in jail.Visitors tour in front of Tiananmen Gate on the eve of the June 4 anniversary in Beijing, June 3, 2021.
“Any content of a film which is objectively and reasonably capable of being perceived as endorsing, supporting, promoting, such act or activity" will be censored, according to the guideline.
Beijing imposed a national security law on Hong Kong in June that punishes what authorities broadly define as secession, sedition and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in jail, following a year of sometimes violent pro-democracy demonstrations.
Western governments and international human rights groups have expressed concern the security law will crush freedoms in Hong Kong.
A filmmaker surnamed Tang said the amendment would legitimise a crackdown on protest-related films and create a chilling effect on the movie industry.
"Movies on social issues will be banned. It will silence the filmmakers,” Tang said.
(Reporting By Jessie Pang; Editng by Robert Birsel)
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