YouTube Blocks Account of Hong Kong’s Next Leader John Lee

YouTube removed the account of Hong Kong’s sole leadership candidate John Lee Ka-Chiu on Wednesday in compliance with U.S. sanctions against him.

“We find this very regrettable and completely unreasonable, but we think they can’t stop us from spreading our candidate’s message – our campaign’s message – to the public,” said Tam Yiu-Chung, head of Lee’s campaign office.

Lee is one of a dozen officials whom the U.S gave sanctions in 2020 for their roles in enforcing the Beijing-imposed National Security Law in July of that year.

“Google complies with applicable U.S. sanctions laws and enforces related policies under its Terms of Service. After review and consistent with these policies, we terminated the Johnlee2022 YouTube channel,” Alphabet Inc. told the South China Morning Post.

Lee is now the only candidate for the small circle election for Chief Executive.

The Hong Kong chief executive election will take place on May 8, and Lee’s five-year term of office will begin on July 1, 2022.

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