Hong Kong’s Identity Is In Peril Due To The CCP’S Strict Laws On Freedom Of Speech And Pro-Democracy Protests

Dec. 6th, 2021

Pro-democracy activist Avery Ng is jailed under a national security law Image: dw.com

In a recent story published by DW on the 3rd of December 2021, they report on the tragic reality that Hong Kong’s unique identity and social liberties, to which the once relatively independent and open-minded nation has become accustomed to is in danger of losing due to the ever-increasing influence from the CCP and the oppressive laws relating to freedom of speech. Also unauthorised political protests especially towards Pro-democracy activists like Avery Ng, the chairman of the League of Social Democrats (LSD) who on the 18th May 2021, was arrested and remanded in custody over his participation in an unauthorised assembly in 2019. He accused the judicial system of persecution and argued that the justice in Hong Kong had been “weaponised” to target pro-democracy figures. with this leading to many self-censoring or turning to alternative forms of expression in fear of possible legal repercussions handed down by the Chinese Communist Party.

The seemingly weak Hong Kong government has been drafting a cybersecurity law to protect against cyber-attacks. The law would also establish internet providers as being crucial infrastructure, making it permissible for the government to exercise greater control over online content, this came after Hong Kong’s authorities previously adopted a national security law handed down by the CCP, which stipulates heavy legal penalties for loosely defined acts of secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign organisations.

The law also criminalised any speech – written or spoken – calling for Hong Kong’s secession from China, and has since been used to shut down media outlets, prosecute pro-democracy activists and tighten internet regulations.

For more information relating to this story please click here: https://www.dw.com/en/hong-kong-how-is-chinas-crackdown-changing-the-citys-identity/a-60007287?maca=en-vas-RSS-en-teaser-World-IE-24407-html-copypaste

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