Hong Kong Loses Movie Freedoms as Beijing Continues Anti-Democracy Crackdown

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Hong Kong Loses Movie Freedoms as Beijing Continues Anti-Democracy Crackdown
People in Hong Kong enjoy an outdoor movie screening on November 10, 2020.
People in Hong Kong enjoy an outdoor movie screening on November 10, 2020.
Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP (Getty Images)

Hong Kong film censors will halt distribution of movies that threaten “national security” according to a government announcement Friday that will effectively bring Beijing-style movie censorship to the semi-autonomous region. The crackdown on movies is just the latest push against Hong Kong’s freedoms by an increasingly aggressive government in Beijing.

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“The censor should be vigilant to the portrayal, depiction or treatment of any act or activity which may amount to an offence endangering national security,” according to the new guidelines published online Friday.

The term “national security” will almost certainly be interpreted broadly in Hong Kong to include anything that film censors in mainland China believe to be subversive in any way.

“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,” according to the amended film guidance.

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