The government earlier proposed amendments to the law, which expressly stipulates that film inspectors must consider whether the release of films will be harmful to national security. It also empowers the Chief Secretary for Administration to instruct the film inspection and supervision to prohibit film screenings if they think that the release of films will be detrimental to national security. It even goes back to old movies that have been approved for release.
Liao Meixin, deputy convener of the People’s Livelihood Section of the Youth Innovation and Research Library of the Youth Association, said in a radio program today (23) that they conducted a survey earlier and found that 16% of the respondents believed that Hong Kong’s creative space was narrowing, limiting Hong Kong. With the development of the entertainment industry, some industries are worried that the legal provisions are not clear, they are worried that there will be self-censorship, and they are worried that it will affect investor confidence.
The Bureau of Commerce and Economic Affairs has earlier proposed amendments to the law. The content of film inspections should be inserted into the "Minato National Security Law". If the film is likely to constitute a crime that endangers national security, it will be empowered to refuse the film's release.
Liao Meixin said that between the end of August and September, they interviewed more than 800 Hong Kong citizens to learn about their views on film, television, music, and online creation.
The industry is worried about affecting investors' long-term investment confidence
She stated that during the investigation, the "Film Censorship (Amendment) Bill 2021" did not contain much information, but during the discussion, some industry worried that the provisions of the law were not clear, worried that they would self-censor, and did not know how to handle the gray area. Will affect investors' confidence in long-term investment.
The survey results also found that 16% of respondents believe that Hong Kong’s creative space is shrinking, limiting the development of Hong Kong’s entertainment industry.
The Commerce and Economic Development Bureau stated that the "Film Censorship Ordinance" clearly stipulates that only films that are publicly shown in Hong Kong are regulated.
Singer-songwriter supports Shaoji government to set up Cultural Bureau as co-ordinator
Liao Meixin said that many professionals in the industry said that Hong Kong supports films that tend to be more popular with singer-songwriters and online creations. Moreover, Hong Kong has more one-off grants, which is not a continuous system of support. Therefore, I hope that the government can set up a cultural bureau. Do more co-ordination work.
Liao suggested that in the future, the Cultural Affairs Bureau could listen to more industry representatives, such as independent musicians and network creators.
She also pointed out that some people think that the talent training of the entertainment park is insufficient, so it is hoped that the government can increase relevant supervision and provide more subsidy schemes, including tax concessions.
The revision of the Electricity Inspection Regulations is completed item by item. The second reading will be resumed next month. The banned movies at home will be unregulated. Members are concerned about the "Infernal Affairs". TV and Internet films are subject to other laws to supervise the Electricity Inspection Regulations｜The Chief Secretary for Administration may revoke the distribution permits to actually implement the Electricity Inspection Regulations｜Tian Qiwen worries that investors are discouraged by the filmmakers’ question marks on the interpretation of "unfavorable" national security