Friday, 31 December 2021

Can’t stand the news. Silencing Stand News

That bit I boxed red is about Article 23 which half a million of us — including all of our family, John then aged six— demonstrated against in November 2003. The big worry there is “theft of state secrets” — we know China has a veeeery broad interpretation of what “state secrets” are. And the bit about “foreign political organisations or bodies” could cover just about anyone including this blog, I guess. 
Nearly twenty years later and somehow I don’t think there will be the mass demos this time. Developing “Democracy with Hong Kong characteristics”.

ADDED (Wikipedia):

Hong Kong Basic Law Article 23 (Chinese香港基本法第二十三條) is an article in the Basic Law of Hong Kong. It states that Hong Kong "shall enact laws on its own to prohibit any act of treasonsecessionseditionsubversion against the Central People's Government, or theft of state secrets, to prohibit foreign political organizations or bodies from conducting political activities in the Region, and to prohibit political organizations or bodies of the Region from establishing ties with foreign political organizations or bodies."

Attempts to implement the article and create the. Hong Kong national security law have seen protests, particularly in 2003 and 2020. In 2020 the mainland National People's Congress imposed a security law on Hong Kong under Article 18 of the Basic Law.