Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

New Law On Performance of Chinese National Anthem Criticized By Hong Kong's Free Speech Advocates

From the Guardian: a new Chinese law, which takes effect in two weeks, will criminalize mocking the Chinese national anthem. Residents of Hong Kong will presumably be subject to the law as well, although some Hong Kong critics point out that provisions of the law might be difficult to enforce. For one thing, China and Hong Kong have different legal systems, guaranteed when the United Kingdom turned over the territory to China in 1997. For another, the sanctions include administrative detention, which doesn't exist under the legal system in Hong Kong. But critics also say that prohibiting changes, satire of, or uses of the national anthem violates freedom of expression. 

ABC News reports that the law seems to be a direct response to the Chinese government's desire to encourage patriotism.

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