In the Diplomat, Charles Mok has some good background on the genuine need to update Hong Kong’s outdated computer crimes law, and the dangers of such a revision in the NatSec context – including likely new laws on disinformation, foreign interference and privacy, and a rubber-stamp legislature.
RFA raises the possibility of the new laws leading to a Mainland-style great firewall. On the face of it, the proposals do not envision wholescale banning of overseas websites. But in an increasingly Mainlandized environment, free access to the Internet is looking like a loophole waiting to be plugged. Given what has happened to rule of law, pan-dem politicians, Apple Daily, RTHK and so on, how can Google and YouTube not be on the NatSec system’s to-do list?
More from Lokman Tsui.
HK Rule of Law Monitor on the Justice Dept’s demand that the court order Tong Ying-kit to pay costs after his appeal…
This means that in effect, nobody can avail themselves of the protections that the law provides on its face. Not only will the courts deny your rights, you will be punished for even trying. Not only will you be kept in prison for years on end, you will be bankrupt if you try to put up a fight.
…The Department of Justice has evolved into a mere tool to carry out the regime’s political mission of bringing Hong Kong to heel.
Patriots are fighting back against foreign criticism. In China Daily, Grenville Cross is mightily unimpressed with Samuel Beckitt and his ‘squalid threats to [Hong Kong] prosecutors and judges’…
…the US should never forget that Hong Kong’s prosecutors love their city and their country, and that they are valiant professionals. Like the judges, they will not be deflected by threats from doing their duty and upholding the rule of law. Although Hong Kong is a small place, its people know how to stand up to the bully boys of the West, whatever skullduggery they deploy.
And in that spirit, the Law Society has produced a song by children ‘dedicated to the learning and protection of the rule of law’. All together now…
What can we do to protect Hong Kong
From unfounded wrong allegations
Tell the world we’re working well
Rule of law is strong
Based on law and evidence
Have faith in years to come
Comments, sadly, are turned off.
Note, among other cringy things, the clunky phrasing/stress/scansion of the lyrics within the melody – eg ‘to protect Hong Kong’, allegations’. I’ve heard a suggestion that the voices are synthesized. You have to wonder if it’s a parody, or a deliberate act of sabotage that the organizers were too gullible to notice.
I have downloaded a copy – in case they tragically have the brains to remove it…