Media in Hong Kong are worrying that the new security law imposed by Bejing could lead to limitations in freedom of speech and discussion of sensitive issues. The island might eventually become a copy of the mainland China.
After months of civil unrest and the coronavirus outbreak, it is hoped that the normal life can eventually return to Hong Kong. Unfortunately, Beijing announced to impose a new national security law on the city that raise the debt to the next level.
Last week, a resolution was submitted to the annual meeting in the National People’s Congress which is China’s top legislative body. It allows the NPC’s standing committee to pass a security law for Hong Kong. The resolution stated that to “prevent, frustrate and punish any secessionist or subversive activity, the organizing of terrorist acts, and other acts that seriously threaten national security, as well as activities of foreign and external interference in Hong Kong,” and is expected to pass on Thursday.
Media in Hong Kong concerns that the security law will severely limit freedoms and discussion of sensitive issues. The law is conceived to target critics of the government including activists, journalists and lawyers. Those who break the law will be sent to jail for “spreading rumors or slanders or any other means”. If the law does not clearly and narrowly defined, it is likely to use as a powerful tool to muffle opposition voices. At that time, Hong Kong would become more alike than mainland China.