29 Oct – In another blow to filmmakers, it was reported that opposition-free legislature of the Hong Kong government has now passed a new censorship law to "safeguard national security".
The new law, which was passed on 27 October, will enable the government to punish filmmakers critical of China up to three years imprisonment and USD130,000 in fines if found guilty of violations.
Many believed that the new law could further cause the decline in the Hong Kong film industry, with filmmakers who refuse to bow down to such censorship may opt to leave the territory instead.
At the same time, the new law is also a big concern for foreign content platforms, including streaming services like Netflix and Amazon, which have been offering full services in Hong Kong.
"One of the last vestiges of free speech in Hong Kong is now gone. The result is self-censorship by filmmakers who now have to question what might run afoul of the new rules and increased scrutiny by financiers and distributors who now must consider that very same question," said director Joe Piscatella to The Hollywood Reporter.