Hong Kong Moves to Censor Movies “Threatening” National Security

The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region announced that censorship guidelines would go into effect for the local film industry to ensure that it would not threaten national security.

“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,” said the new film guidelines. 

The new guidelines will instruct the Film Censorship Authority to be more “vigilant” against the depiction of “any act or activity which may amount to an offense endangering national security.”

The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development may now also instruct the censors on how to exercise their powers. 

Before the new controversial national security bill was passed in 

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