Legco passes law to ban movies over national security

Lawmakers on Wednesday passed a bill that allows authorities to ban movies which are "deemed to be contrary to the interests of national security”, as they urged the government to extend the ban to online videos as well. Under the new law, authorities could pull films that have already been...

No one knows why groups disbanded, says CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Tuesday said the national security law has not "horrified people” or prevented them from operating legitimate businesses in Hong Kong, saying no one knows for sure why a number of civil organisations have recently disbanded. Her comments came a day after Amnesty International said it...

Amnesty International shuts HK offices

Amnesty International said on Monday it will close its two offices in Hong Kong by the end of the year, citing the national security law. In a statement, Amnesty said its local membership section focusing on human rights education in Hong Kong will cease operations on October 31, while the...

National security top priority for new customs chief

Hong Kong's new Commissioner of Customs and Excise, Louise Ho, says she is making safeguarding national security her top priority, including tackling the threat posed by the smuggling of Australian lobsters to the mainland. Ho, the wife of constitutional and mainland affairs minister Erick Tsang, was appointed to the position...

HK must be prepared for new CIA unit: Chris Tang

Security Secretary Chris Tang says Hong Kong needs to get prepared for the new China Mission Centre which the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is setting up. The American spy agency announced the creation of the centre on Thursday, saying it would strengthen its work on China. Tang didn't elaborate...

‘Article 23 work to begin in next Legco term’

Security Secretary Chris Tang says officials aim to start consultation and legislative work on new national security legislation, under Article 23 of the Basic Law, in the next Legco term. The security chief made the remarks in a blog post supporting the chief executive's policy address, saying he will lead...

A lot more to be done on national security: CE

The chief executive said on Wednesday there's still a lot of work to be done to protect national security, but Carrie Lam didn't offer concrete timetables as to when local laws on national security and cyber security, including a ban on fake news, would be completed. Lam said in her...

Carrie Lam delivers policy address in Legco

Chief Executive Carrie Lam delivered the fifth policy address of her term on Wednesday, with the focus on housing and economic development. Lam began by explaining how Hong Kong has entered "a new era", saying this is thanks to the introduction of the national security law and Beijing's overhaul of...

New security law may come by mid-2022: Tam Yiu-chung

Hong Kong’s member of the National People's Congress Standing Committee Tam Yiu-chung said on Sunday that he thinks Article 23 national security legislation can be completed in the first half of next year. Secretary for Security Chris Tang said recently that now is the best time to draft local security...

HK is in best position since handover: CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Friday that thanks to the "double safeguards" of the National Security Law and the revamped electoral system, Hong Kong was now "truly" on the right path of the "one country, two systems" principle. Speaking at a reception to celebrate National Day, Lam said the...

Lawmakers approve law to better protect Chinese flag

Lawmakers on Wednesday passed changes to the law aimed at safeguarding the dignity of the Chinese flag and national emblem, spelling out in detail how they should be treated with respect and setting out rules on ceremonies in schools. The SAR had a constitutional responsibility to implement the changes after...

Article 23 legislation ‘to fill gaps in security law’

Security Secretary Chris Tang said on Wednesday that the government will consider potential activities of foreign and Taiwanese political organisations in Hong Kong when drafting Article 23 national security legislation. During a Legco meeting, Tang said Article 23 laws are still needed, despite last year's introduction of the national security...

District Court begins national security trial

The District Court on Tuesday began hearing the trial of a man charged with inciting secession, with prosecutors accusing him of repeatedly advocating independence in rallies and media interviews last year. Ma Chun-man, dubbed “Captain America 2.0”, is accused of inciting others to commit secession on around 20 occasions between...