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Hong Kong security law

Hong Kong film censorship bill takes page from mainland script

Amendment up for debate on Wednesday would add to national security law pressure

A shot from the Hong Kong protest documentary "Revolution of Our Times": The film's director says no cinema in the city will be willing to show it. (Image courtesy of "Revolution of Our Times" team)

HONG KONG -- A film censorship amendment due for debate in Hong Kong's legislature on Wednesday is poised to further squeeze local artists already feeling the pressure from the Beijing-imposed national security law.

The bill, submitted by the government, would alter the existing film censorship law to establish a new mechanism to prohibit films "that would be contrary to the interests of national security," according to the legislation's preamble. Its passage would continue rolling back freedoms that once helped the city earn the nickname "Hollywood of the Far East," creating a censorship environment ever closer to that on the mainland.

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