Hong Kong authorities stated Monday it was searching for to attraction towards the courtroom’s refusal to ban a well-liked protest music at its request, renewing worries over additional erosion of freedom of expression within the metropolis
ByKANIS LEUNG Related Press
HONG KONG — Hong Kong authorities stated Monday it was searching for to attraction towards the courtroom’s refusal to ban a well-liked protest music at its request, renewing worries over additional erosion of freedom of expression within the metropolis.
The courtroom’s determination on July 28 was a setback for Hong Kong leaders who’re attempting to crush dissidents after a large pro-democracy motion 4 years in the past pushed tons of of 1000’s of individuals into the streets.
Drama ensued after the favored “Glory to Hong Kong” — written throughout the 2019 protests with lyrics calling for democracy and liberty — was mistakenly performed as town’s anthem at worldwide sporting occasions as an alternative of China’s “March of the Volunteers.”
The Division of Justice stated in an announcement that its secretary, who acted as “a guardian of public curiosity,” pressed for the ban on the premise of safeguarding nationwide safety. The courtroom can determine whether or not to evaluation or dismiss the request for an attraction.
The division didn’t share additional its authorized grounds for the attraction within the assertion.
The announcement got here after a number of pro-Beijing lawmakers urged the division to file an attraction. The federal government’s transfer has renewed concern over doable ramifications brought on by the ban.
Critics have warned that granting the request to ban the published or distribution of the music would add to a decline in civil liberties since Beijing launched a crackdown following the 2019 protests. They stated granting the courtroom order may disrupt the operations of tech giants and harm town’s attraction as a enterprise middle.
The federal government went to the courtroom in June after Google resisted stress to show China’s nationwide anthem as the highest lead to searches for town’s anthem as an alternative of “Glory to Hong Kong.”
The proposed injunction would goal anybody who makes use of the music to advocate for the separation of Hong Kong from China. The federal government additionally would additionally search to ban any actions utilizing the music to incite others to commit secession and insult the nationwide anthem, together with on-line.
The division’s announcement got here days after a number of main political events pushed for an attraction, so there are clearly some growing political pressures on the case, stated George Chen, managing director at The Asia Group, a Washington-based enterprise and coverage consultancy.
Chen stated the case will develop into a superb testomony to judicial independence within the monetary hub.
“The world will watch how the brand new arguments will probably be made and justified in courtroom, and the way the courtroom can strike a superb steadiness on nationwide safety and free speech,” he stated.
Hong Kong, a former British colony, returned to Chinese language rule in 1997 and was promised that it might hold its Western-style civil liberties intact for 50 years after the handover. However a nationwide safety legislation imposed by Beijing coupled with different adjustments lately have shrunk the openness and freedoms that had been as soon as hallmarks of town.