HK govt tells schools to remove books breaching security law

Police officers maintain orders as a 23-year-old man Tong Ying-kit arrives at a court in Hong Kong Monday

China's authoritarian leaders say the powers will restore stability after a year of pro-democracy protests, will not stifle freedoms and will only target a "very small minority".

Facebook and WhatsApp have stopped processing police requests for user data in Hong Kong so that they can examine the impact of a new security law.

The national security law, imposed on Tuesday, is the most radical shift in how Hong Kong is run since it was handed back to China by Britain in 1997.

"In accordance with the four types of offences clearly stipulated in the law, the school management and teachers should review teaching and learning materials in a timely manner, including books", the Education Bureau said.

MORE: Beijing tightens screws on Hong Kong as contentious new law goes into effect on handover anniversary © Tyrone Siu/Reuters Pro-democracy activists Ivan Lam, Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow arrive to the Eastern Court for hearing in Hong Kong, China July 6, 2020.

"This move constitutes a gross interference in China's internal affairs and openly tramples on the basic norms governing global relations, " he said adding that the Chinese side has expressed "its great concern and strong opposition". "Until we know, we're just going to keep doing what we're doing", Mr Wan said.

"The biggest challenge is to try as hard as you can to not self-censor because once you do it, you open up a can of worms".

"White terror continues to spread, the national security law is fundamentally a tool to incriminate speech", he wrote on Facebook, using a phrase that refers to political persecution.

The law also allows the Chinese government to establish a national security agency in Hong Kong, which will make policy recommendations and analyse the security situation in the special autonomous region.

Prof Fu said the public should not expect clear criteria or justification for censorship, which he said would likely extend into the digital sector.

"China urges Canada to immediately correct its mistakes and stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs in any way, so as to avoid further damage to China-Canada relations".

The government also said a team would review the "governance and management" of public broadcaster RTHK from July 15 for about six months.



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