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Hong Kong begins censoring films as Beijing tightens control

Robert Besser
13 Jun 2021, 15:07 GMT+10

HONG KONG: The Hong Kong government on Friday put in place new regulations to allow films shown on the island to be censored.

The censorship would be conducted to uphold national security concerns, allowing officials to ban films promoting or glorifying acts or activities that they claim could endanger national security.

The Film Censorship Authority should stay "vigilant to the portrayal, depiction or treatment of any act or activity which may amount to an offense endangering national security", the government said in a statement.

"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, as written in the guideline.

Beijing's new national security law in Hong Kong, passed in June, punishes a host of supposed offenses, such as sedition and collusion with foreign forces, with sentences of up to life in jail.

The law was passed following a year of pro-democracy demonstrations protesting China's control over Hong Kong.
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