13:52 Hong Kong Press Freedom Deterioration Carrie Lam announces legislation to combat disinformation



Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announced that he would legislate against fake news.  (Associated Press)

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announced that he would legislate against fake news. (Associated Press)

2021/05/04 13:52

[Instant News/Comprehensive Report]The Chinese government has strengthened its control over Hong Kong in recent years, and the degree of freedom of speech has been declining. Now the Hong Kong government has announced that it will draft regulations to combat fake news. The outside world is worried that this move will further restrict press freedom.

“Reuters” reported that Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam mentioned at a press conference today that legislation will be introduced to combat fake news, misinformation and rumors, saying that this bill requires a lot of research, especially how foreign governments deal with the increasing inaccuracy on social media. Messages, misinformation, hate speech, lies, etc.

Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor emphasized that there is no definite timetable for legislation, but the Hong Kong government will deal with the matter seriously because such a phenomenon has caused harm to many people.

Hong Kong’s public media “Radio Hong Kong” has recently been reorganized, but the management lacks media experience. It has also reported that programs placed on platforms such as YouTube and Facebook will be deleted as long as they are on the shelves for more than a year. In addition, during the “anti-send” campaign, the RTHK Assistant Program Director Nabela Qoser, who questioned officials fiercely, has received a notice of non-renewal and will resign at the end of this month. A series of decisions have again caused controversy. .



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