Hong Kong government’s ban on research law ‘fake news’: Lam

    Authorities in Hong Kong are conducting research on the proposed new law, which operates on public dissatisfaction and peaceful political protests under a national security law imposed on the city by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

    “There were five areas [in] Which we have to look at the law … it’s not just a matter of [a] Fake news law, this is [also] Privacy and so on, ”Chief Executive Carrie Lam told reporters on Tuesday.

    “Fake news law requires a lot of research, especially how foreign governments are dealing with it.” [this] Lam said, “a growing trend of misinformation, misinformation, hatred and spreading lies on social media.”

    He told the officers “[are] Looking into and conducting research into foreign practices. “

    “We have no timetable about this subject, but we will be very serious to do this issue because this loss is happening to many people,” Lam said.

    Authorities in Hong Kong, including the police, have repeatedly dismissed reports criticizing police violence and the city’s widespread panic over dissatisfaction with the state-run Chinese media as “fake news”, claiming That such reports are part of an attempt to reduce their authority by hostile foreign powers.

    Lam also denied that his government ordered public broadcaster RTHK to remove the online list of broadcasting directors, critical programming from online platforms, and assume a new role after the firing and punishment of important journalists in recent weeks Had given.

    “No one has given RHTK a new role,” Lam said. “RTHK is playing the role of a public broadcaster and it should continue to play that role properly as a public broadcaster, [means] Purposeful, fair and [supporting] Hong Kong Special Administrative Region [government]”

    Tough questions

    Her remarks came a day after RTHK, a government department that enjoyed editorial liberty before banning criticism from officials of a national security law, said it would take Nabella Koser’s short-term contract after the city’s hard work Will not renew Officers during the 2019 protest movement.

    The management had earlier terminated the permanent civil service contract of TV Current Affairs anchor Kauser, which was widely condemned as political interference in the media.

    RTHK was later criticized by Police Commissioner Chris Tang for reporting police violence during protests and a government investigation later found “deficiencies” in the station’s running.

    The government announced a change in the order of the editorial series in February, replacing the director of reforms in broadcasting and RTHK’s editorial structure “with the government’s instructions to ensure it”.

    Career bureaucrat Patrick Lee took over from Leung Ka-wing as editor-in-chief from 1 March.

    On May 3, the station reported that Hong Kong people were rushing to save copies of its programs as the station began removing copies of its older programs from the Internet.

    Lam declined to comment on Kauser’s termination of the contract or the removal of the RTHK material.

    ‘Heavy decline in independence’

    Freedom House, a Washington-based think-tank, said in its annual report that China “rudely” over Hong Kong’s democratic institutions and international treaties over its rule after the 1997 handover.

    The report noted that there has been a massive decline in independence in the region since 2013, with a particularly steep decline as mass democracy demonstrations were suppressed in 2019 and Beijing tightened its grip was.

    It said the National Security Law “erased almost overnight Hong Kong’s remaining independence, making it in close alignment with the system on the mainland.”

    It said the arrest of dozens of pro-democracy activists and politicians for staging a democratic primary before the September 2020 general election revealed Beijing’s authoritarian hold over Hong Kong.

    “These events reflected the dramatic increase in the cost of opposing the CCP in Hong Kong, and the narrowing of the prospects of withdrawing the authoritarian tide.”

    RFA reported for Mandarin and Cantonese services by Gigi Li and Lu Xi. Translated and edited by Lusetta Mudi.


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