Just in case anyone thought Hong Kong’s national security panic/clampdown might ease off, top officials warn that there’s more to come. Speaking at NatSec Education Day, the CE…
…claimed that “external hostile forces” continued to “spread rumours, smear campaigns and stir up trouble” in Hong Kong. Although the city had largely returned to stability following the enactment of the national security law, a minority of “anti-China and anti-Hong Kong elements” continued to operate underground and were waiting for opportunities to “strike back.”
On an RTHK show, the Security Secretary…
…mentioned five speech therapists who were convicted over publishing a series of illustrated books about sheep that were said to have “brainwashed” young readers. The case showed that “incorrect messages” could fuel disaffection of the government, lead to social instability and even endanger national security he said.
“Therefore the offence of sedition was necessary,” he said.
He also says…
…the internet could become a major loophole when maintaining national security, adding “the new battle had moved to the internet” as the geopolitical situation intensifies.
Tang said the influence of fake news was fully reflected during the 2019 incident, with fake news flooding social media platforms at the time.
…He said the internet is often used to incite acts that endanger national security, adding that the destruction of internet infrastructure will affect the operation of basic public services and impact people’s livelihoods, the economy, and national security.
…Tang said authorities are exploring the possibility of enacting legislation to outline the cybersecurity responsibilities of internet service providers and will pay close attention to the internet.
A whole range of questions… Are the threats foreign forces or locals? Is there any evidence that ‘underground anti-China elements’ are ‘waiting to strike back’? Or that kids’ sheep cartoons can undermine social stability and national security? What are the connections between the geopolitical situation (presumably Taiwan/’decoupling’) and local Internet ‘loopholes’? Are we supposed to fear threats to Internet infrastructure, or is the supposed problem online content?