Hong Kong’s ISP on Thursday said it had blocked access to democratically-backed websites to comply with the city’s national security law.
In an emailed statement on Thursday, Hong Kong’s broadband network said it had disabled access to HKChronicles, a website that collects information on the “yellow” stores that support the city’s democratic movement and publishes its information. People and pictures of police and pro beijing Supporters during the protests against the government in 2019
“We have shut down access to the website in accordance with regulations issued under the National Security Law,” the company said.
The US was joined by Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada in participating in the Hong Kong mass event.
The site̵7;s chief editor, Naomi Chan, said in a post last week that users in Hong Kong reported the site was inaccessible. She accused telecom companies such as SmarTone, China Mobile Hong Kong, PCCW and Hong Kong Broadband Network of blocking.
China Mobile Hong Kong and SmarTone did not immediately comment, a PCCW spokesman said there was no comment on the matter.
Chan recommended to Hong Kong residents “Prepare in advance for a broader level of blocking the internet of the future and face the dark before dawn”
The move to block HKChronicles has escalated concerns that Beijing insisted on having more control of the city and breaking a promise to let the former British colony keep civil rights and political systems separate 50 years after the land. A large communist ruled in 1997.
It also raised fears about Internet restrictions in Hong Kong, similar to the “Great Firewall of China,” a mainland internet censorship system that blocks foreign search engines and social media platforms such as Google, Facebook and Twitter, and Contrary to internet keywords The Chinese government is considered a sensitive matter.
Glacier Kwong, a digital rights activist and political activist in Germany, wrote in a Twitter post last week that Hong Kong. “Abuse of legal procedures and other means that impede the free flow of information online” over the past 18 months.
“The Hong Kong government is stopping the freedom of Hong Kong people on the Internet,” she said. “Open Internet is a cornerstone of freedom in a particular place. Disrupting Internet freedom also destroys the flow of information, freedom of communication and freedom of the press. “
Beijing imposed a national security law on Hong Kong in June with the aim of suppressing the conflict in the semi-autonomous territory following peaceful protests against the withdrawn extradition bill. Out now has turned into months of anti-government protests that have led to violent clashes at times.
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Security laws impose penalties for the destruction of segregation, terrorism and collusion with foreign powers to interfere with city affairs.
Under Article 43 of the National Security Law, the police have the power to order “The person who published the information or the relevant service provider, deleted the information or provided assistance”