China’s strict web censorship is coming to Hong Kong following the passing of a controversial safety legislation.
The so-called Great Firewall of China restricts what web providers and web sites residents can legally entry. Google, for instance, can’t be simply accessed in China as Beijing can’t management what data residents can eat in the identical means as nationwide options like Baidu.
Hong Kong is meant to function beneath a “one country, two systems” foundation following an agreement reached in 1997 which noticed the nation returned to Chinese management after a century and a half of British colonial rule. As a semi-autonomous territory, Hong Kong has not confronted as strict restrictions as mainland China.
The Hong Kong nationwide safety legislation, formally referred to as the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security within the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, was handed on June 30th and sparked riots attributable to its perceived breach of the nation’s autonomy.
The new legislation’s key provisions embrace that: Crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with international forces are punishable by a most sentence of life in jail. Trials could also be heard behind closed doorways and suspects might be tried in mainland China.
Critics believed it could not be lengthy till Beijing’s dystopian management over the web reached Hong Kong. The expanded police powers within the new safety legislation allow police to censor on-line speech and drive web service suppliers at hand over consumer data and shut down platforms.
Hong Kong residents have rushed to wipe their on-line footprint, particularly something which might point out assist for the protests of the previous 12 months and/or critique of the Chinese authorities.
Charles Mok, a pro-democracy lawmaker who represents the expertise sector, tweeted:
“We used to be an internet and telecom hub in the region. Companies moved services from the mainland to Hong Kong and now Hong Kong has become like China, so they will leave,” commented Mok.
The freedoms Hong Kong as soon as loved, like a free and open web, are shortly being eroded. China’s full Great Firewall can’t shortly be established in Hong Kong, however this looks like the primary steps in the direction of it.
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