Daily Archives: September 8, 2021

HK Filmmakers

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.

Read more at “Free expression horror show for HK filmmakers”

Beijing urges HK to help globalize the yuan

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Wuhan Virus

The same Dr. Peter Embarek who led the WHO experts to Wuhan and dismissed the theory now says in a shocking interview that he has changed his mind. It was August 12, and the government-owned Danish television TV2 dropped a bomb whose shock-waves China immediately tried to stop.

Readers of Bitter Winter may remember our criticism of the Danish World Health Organization (WHO) chief expert Dr. Peter Ben Embarek, who led the ill-fated WHO expedition to Wuhan and announced to the world in a press conference that the WHO team believed that the origin in a Chinese laboratory of the COVID-19 virus was “extremely unlikely” because the CCP scientists told them so.

We treated Dr. Embarek harshly. In the interest of fairness, we are now applauding him for having admitted to his national TV audience that he was wrong, or rather accepted a diktat by the Chinese.

Read more at “Virus Originated in a Wuhan Laboratory, WHO Top Expert Admits”

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