If you want people to forget or ignore a piece of music, it might be a good idea to keep quiet about it. But instead, the Hong Kong government forces Glory to Hong Kong into the limelight again by applying for a court injunction to ban the song. From the press statement…
…The Song has been widely circulated since 2019. The lyrics of the Song contain slogan which has been ruled by the Court as constituting secession. Recently, the Song has also been mistakenly presented as the “national anthem of Hong Kong” (instead of the correct one “March of the Volunteers”) repeatedly … In order to discharge the constitutional responsibility of the HKSAR Government to safeguard national security by effectively preventing, suppressing and imposing punishment on acts or activities endangering national security, after careful consideration, the HKSAR Government has decided to apply to the Court for an injunction restraining any person from performing any of the following acts…
[lengthy list of online and other dissemination modes]
… (i) with the intent of and in circumstances capable of inciting others to commit secession, contrary to Article 21 of the National Security Law; or
(ii) with a seditious intention as defined in section 9 of the Crimes Ordinance;
Plus enabling others to do the same, etc. (The Standard summarizes it as ‘banning anything to do with’ the song.)
So YouTube/Google will be liable for hosting/listing their multiple versions of the song? Where would that lead? Going full Great Firewall is second only to taxing capital gains as a way to drive people out.
Quick explanation of why the authorities are using an injunction.
Will injunctions become the Hong Kong equivalent of a fatwa – offering the government a way to swiftly ban things without drafting and passing/amending legislation? For example, graven images of candles in the first week of June?
Are there any other jurisdictions in the world where a specific melody (‘an arrangement of single notes to form a musically satisfying sequence’) is deemed to threaten national security?