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Le Conseil législatif hongkongais a adopté une nouvelle loi sur la censure des films pour «protéger la sécurité nationale». © Reuters - Tyrone SIU The Hong Kong Legislative Council has adopted a new law on censorship of films to "protect national security".

The 7th Art does not escape the resumption of civil society in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Legislative Council, now without opposition, has adopted a new law on censorship of films to "protect national security".

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of the protesters dressed in black, masked before the Cvid and carrying umbrellas against the force of the order: R Evolution of our time was broadcast at the last Festival of Cannes. You will never see it on the Hong Kong screens and even less on the Chinese screens. Even before the amendment voted by legislators Wednesday, October 27, director Kiwi Chow said to live in fear.

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It's not the only one! All his team does not appear to the credits of this documentary on the 2019 protests in Hong Kong, where the censorship made in China now applies which transforms the censors into the guardians of the law on security, a kind of police officers of the "CE that we must not see or do not hear. "

pro-Chinese side, the amendment must help avoid political films that criticize China and the Communist Party. "The goal is very clear," said Edward Yau, it's about preventing any act endangering national security. "The cinema industry will still remain unaffected by the bill, continues to trade in Legislative Council cited by the Global Times in Beijing. This will help the industry better comply with the rules and avoid walking beyond "red lines" by mistake. "

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For activists pro-democracy, on the other hand, this law is a new exterior of the freedom of expression and the creativity of a cinema that has long watten the world. "It's a dangerous climate for businesses that need to make content decisions," says Darrel West, researcher at the AFP Innovation Technology Center.

Heavy Sanctions

This censorship was already in place before the vote of legislators: last spring the distributor of Inside The Red Brick Wall, other documentary on the 2019 protests, was excluded from public financing. It accompanies the control of the press and the recovery of the public media as well as the setting up of the unions. It mainly reinforces the action of the state.

With the law, the authorities now have the "Final Cut" on films and inspectors may land at any time without a warrant, for searching the premises of the productions companies. Those who do not enter into the blurred setting and in any case subject to interpretation, of the "National Security Act", risk heavy sanctions: up to 110,000 euros of fines and three years in prison.

"Adding National Security Clauses to the Bill is a clear political censorship," says Kenny NG, Associate Professor at the Hong Kong University Baptist Film Academy, in remarks reported by the Reuters Agency . The strength of Chinese censorship being here to fear professionals with self-censors.

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