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Hong Kong Police Launch National Security Hotline

Hong Kong’s police national security unit announced that it will launch a new multi-platform hotline as early as next month for the public to report information that would help enforce the new national security law.

Hong Kong’s police national security unit announced that it will launch a new multi-platform hotline as early as next month for the public to report information that would help enforce the new national security law.

According to SCMP’s report, the informants’ identities would be kept secret and the intelligence gathered by the hotline would only be handled by national security police.

“They will not call 999 to report such sensitive information. There needs to be a proper channel for making reports to police, as well as for police to gather public intelligence. It will also create a deterrent effect for potential suspects, as there will be eyes and ears everywhere,” said SCMP’s government source. 

The hotline could be rolled out as early as November and would be similar to the launching of the earlier one used in September which was used to report a protester activity.

The September “Anti-violence Hotline” however did not last long and was taken down by Whatsapp by WhatsApp’s owner, Facebook because the platform was allegedly for private messaging only.

The concept of a national security hotline was first proposed in July when the police force created its National Security Department to enforce the law imposed by Beijing on June 30.

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