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Originally written in Chinese by at inmediahk.net Yan But To
Wong Chi Wah (a Hong Kong comedian) had reminded us in his show that we should be alert to losing freedom slowly like a frog boiled in warming water. The Subculture Press continues to publish its political satire every year. This year, "Memoirs of Commander Tsang's Spin Doctor" is quite popular in the book fair. Later Pang Chi Ming, director of the Subculture Press, fails to have a distributor to sell this book. All books are still kept in print shop. Does Hong Kong already become that "frog"? I go to interview Pang.
The following is the translation of a Chinese-language essay at InMediaHK by Roland Soong.
The Bureaucrats Who Run Counter To Daily Experience/Moral Judgment. By Oiwan Lam. May 28.
This morning, I received first a telephone call from the company that hosts the web server for InMediaHK. They told me that a certain photograph on the website had been placed under warning by the Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority, which has recommended that either we remove the photograph or add a pop-up warning message. Subsequently, I received a telephone call from Mister Kong of the Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority. Since I was attending class at that moment, I could not return the call until 2:30pm to find out what was happening.
First I should thank Roland for translating the few war declaration paragraphs that I wrote at inmediahk.net yesterday:
The recent storm aroused by the Chinese University of Hong Kong student newspaper's erotic section is just the tip of the iceberg. Political censorsihp has been manipulating public opinion in seemingly apolitical sectors. Previously, we saw during the consultation over digital media copyrights how the state machinery used "protection of copyrights" to attempt to introduce a system to filter and delete contents, or else intimidate personal or small websites through fines.
Another gap through which political censorship can be introduced is pornography. This gap gathers the power of the state as well as the forces of religious people and fake moral politicians. So far, they have focused on gender and gay rights groups, but we must extend our battlelines in light of the court decision two days ago: the police filed charges against a netizen for posting hyperlinks to pornographic websites at a certain forum and the court arrived at a guilty verdict with a fine of HK$5,000. This is a very significant precedent for censorship.