Proposed amendments to film censorship laws give priority to national security over creative expression.
Hong Kong authorities aim to tighten a film censorship law to ban local or foreign movies deemed as contrary to national security, which if passed will squeeze local filmmakers and further darken the semi-autonomous city’s once-shining reputation as a free and open society.
The government on Tuesday proposed the Film Censorship (Amendment) Bill, which seeks to empower the Chief Secretary to determine if a film represents a danger to national security. Films that were previously allowed to be screened could have those approvals revoked under the legislation’s provisions.
The changes, which will apply to local and foreign-made films, also propose to increase the maximum penalties for showing unapproved films to three years in prison and a HK$1 million (US$128,460) fine, punitively higher than the previous penalties of one year in jail and HK$200,000 fines.
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