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China’s National Security Rules Injected Into Hong Kong Film Censorship System

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Rebecca Davis editorHong Kong on Friday issued new amendments to its film classification rules, effectively injecting Beijing’s strict censorship standards on the previously liberal territory.Hong Kong censors previously screened content merely to rate it for typical metrics like violence or obscenity, classifying them into one of three categories to indicate age appropriateness.Now, they will have to actively intuit what will displease Beijing.

and remain “vigilant” in flagging potential national security threats posed by cinematic works, the new guidelines state.Hong Kong has long been a bastion of creative freedom and freedom of speech, and a haven for artists and dissidents fleeing suppression in mainland China.

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