In June 2020, Beijing inserted national security legislation directly into Hong Kong’s mini-constitution – bypassing the local legislature – following a year of pro-democracy protests and unrest. It criminalised subversion, secession, collusion with foreign forces and terrorist acts, which were broadly defined to include disruption to transport and other infrastructure. The move gave police sweeping new powers, alarming democrats, civil society groups and trade partners, as such laws have been used broadly to silence and punish dissidents in China. However, the authorities say it has restored stability and peace to the city.

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3 University of Hong Kong students granted bail after judge considers withdrawal of motion mourning police attacker

Three University of Hong Kong (HKU) students facing national security charges were granted bail after the judge considered the prompt withdrawal of a student union council resolution expressing sympathy for a man who stabbed a police officer and then killed himself. Former HKU student union and council members Kinson Cheung, Charles Kwok, and Chris Todorovski…

Beijing’s top envoy in Macau given new role in ‘safeguarding national security’ – state media

China’s top envoy in Macau will start advising the local government on “national security” matters, state media reported Friday, the latest move by Beijing to increase control over the gambling enclave. State-run Xinhua news agency said Liaison Office chief Fu Ziying would be in charge of “supervising, guiding, coordinating, and supporting Macau in safeguarding national…

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Is ‘terrorism’ a real threat to Hong Kong?

If you believe Senior Superintendent Leung Wai-ki, head of Hong Kong’s Inter-departmental Counter Terrorism Unit (ICTU), “radicals” and “extremists” are hiding in our midst while they plan terrorist attacks on next month’s Legislative Council (LegCo) elections and popular city festivals, such as Chinese New Year. To demonstrate his group’s readiness to face down these dangerous…

Why invalid ballots are the Schrödinger’s cat of the national security law

Why am I writing about the national security law (NSL) again? I often ask myself this question, and the answer seems to be that our leaders just cannot stop talking about it. For something which is only supposed to affect a very small number of people it gets a lot of mentions. An interesting rift…

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Exclusive: Hongkongers are on the right side of history, says artist Ai Weiwei – ‘I am very proud of them’

Hong Kong artists can still find ways to express themselves despite the challenges posed by growing political censorship, leading Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei believes. After years of delay, the city is set to open its M+ museum, touted as Asia’s first global museum of contemporary visual culture, on November 12 as part of the…

Exclusive: Wikipedia bans 7 mainland Chinese power users over ‘infiltration and exploitation’ in unprecedented clampdown

The foundation that oversees Wikipedia has taken unprecedented action to ban seven mainland Chinese users from its websites globally and revoke administrator access and other privileges for 12 other users, following an HKFP report of alleged threats to Hong Kong users. HKFP revealed in July that mainland Chinese Wikipedia editors allegedly threatened to report Hong…

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