Hong Kong government's 'Ministry of Truth'
As the world's worst ever totalitarian the nationalist Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its minions the HK government continue at hypersonic pace towards their global sociopathic dream of the Middle Kingdom, the average Hong Kong (HK) person is being strapped in for a ride full of CCP BS under the watchful eyes and ears of the infamous Ministry of Truth.
With a free press, freedom of speech and an open internet we have more chance of finding 'fake' news than if the Ministry of Truth is regulating CCP's propaganda by telling us what the 'truth' is!
For example, by 7 January 2020 it was well known in China that the Wuhan virus was transferred by human-to-human transmission; yet CCP arranged for the W.H.O. to deny to the world's Press such human transmission! CCP and their COVID-19 are duly responsible for infecting more than 100 million people and killing at least 2 million since 2019! What matters more to CCP is their 'face' and not the lives of their citizens!
WTPOHK suggests that the only way to be able to understand and separate 'truth' from 'lies' about anything is for everyone to improve their critical thinking and their 'awareness' i.e. link to the consciousness. Couple this with civil liberties including freedom of speech and an open internet and we will have a populous that is able to discern as well as add value: a cocktail for a supercharged democracy and economy!
When communist HK is compared to democratic Taiwan in the excellent article 'The Frontiers Of Digital Democracy' it just shows how far HK is behind in global democratic development!
Crackdown on ‘fake news’ spells end to Hong Kong press freedom, critics say
Apple Daily 5 February 2021
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has vowed to clamp down on fake news and threatened to bring in new laws to do so, in yet another development that critics say sounds the death knell for freedom of speech.
In recent months, the authorities have picked up several activists for their strong criticism of the government, including Tam Tak-chi, detained for “uttering seditious words” and other crimes.
Hongkongers are increasingly worried that under the national security law, it is now much easier than before to be held responsible for what they say.
In a Legislative Council session on Thursday, Lam told lawmakers that the authorities became aware of “issues” circulating on social media following social unrest in 2019 and in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. Those issues included hate speech, doxxing, discriminative speech and fake news, Lam said.
She vowed to tackle the problems through legal means. The remark drew outrage among critics. Former lawmaker Claudia Mo said that such laws would put the final nail in the coffin for the freedom of the press in Hong Kong. “Is it going to be the case where pro-Beijing media outlets can say whatever they want, while other media that speak their minds will be accused of fake news?” she asked.
Hong Kong-based activist Andrew Shum likens such legislation to mainland Chinese provisions frequently used to detain human rights campaigners. “Picking quarrels” and “disrupting social order” were among the offenses heavily used, Shum said, adding that he feared the city government would resort to increasingly vague charges to silence dissent.
Shum cited the example of Zhao Lianhai, who in 2008 exposed the fact that a baby milk formula was contaminated with the chemical melamine. He was subsequently convicted of picking quarrels. Shum wondered whether, by the same token, exposing wrongdoing in Hong Kong would be seen as acts of spurring hatred. “If someone accuses the police of being indifferent on July 21 to a mob attack, will it become fake news?”
He was referring to widespread criticism against the authorities for not doing enough to stop a mob from launching a random attack on commuters in Yuen Long train station during the height of social unrest in 2019. Officials have vehemently denied the claims and depicted the incident as a fight between two groups of people.
In recent years, the Hong Kong authorities have made use of various legal provisions to hold people accountable for spreading false information. In February last year, a security guard was arrested for claiming that someone was running a fever in the Elements shopping mall at the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak.
Anti-doxxing laws mulled as rights advocates fear limits to free flow of information
Apple Daily 5 February 2021
Hong Kong may equip its privacy watchdog with criminal investigation powers to tackle doxxing, a rampant practice at the height of social unrest in 2019, Chief Executive Carrie Lam says.
Officials would table a proposal at the lawmaking chamber later this year, Lam said at a Legislative Council session on Thursday.
Critics see the plan as an attempt to limit freedom of information and crack down on social media and internet usage. The city’s journalist association expressed grave concerns that authorities were tightening their grip over what reporters could do in the course of duty.
Access to key information, such as property ownership, vehicle registration and corporate filings, might be restricted in the future, association chair Chris Yeung said in response to Lam’s revelation. Reporters must be exempted if such rules were to come into effect, the association said.
Privacy issues have become increasingly contentious, with the personal details of major officials and police officers reportedly being leaked on social media, especially during the 2019 protests. The authorities have asked the court to impose injunctions on such acts, and several residents have been charged for the so-called doxxing.
More than 1,460 alleged breaches of privacy had been passed to police for investigation since the protests broke out in June 2019, official data showed. The privacy commissioner is empowered to carry out investigations as well, while the watchdog he oversees is also authorized under new legal provisions to ask social media platforms or websites to remove offensive content.
Former lawmaker Raymond Chan fears that granting extra legal powers to the authorities will lead to more cases and limit freedom of information.
Last November, a technician at a telecommunications company was jailed for two years on charges including exposing personal data without consent. The technician had exposed the information of individuals, including family members of police officers. In the same month, a journalist was arrested for illegally accessing traffic registration records for investigative reporting.
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