Customers wearing protective masks sit apart in observance of social distancing measures inside a theater at the K11 Art House cinema operated by UA Cinema Circuit Ltd in Hong Kong, May 8, 2020. (ROY LIU / BLOOMBERG)
Hong Kong's Legislative Council on Wednesday passed a bill that allows authorities to ban movies which are "deemed to be contrary to the interests of national security".
The law was aimed at content deemed to "endorse, support, glorify, encourage and incite activities that might endanger national security", said the SAR government.
The law empowers Hong Kong's chief secretary to revoke a film's license if it is "found to be contrary to national security interests."
Punishment for violating the law included up to three years imprisonment and fines of up to HK$1 million ($128,400).
"The goal is very clear: it’s to improve the film censorship system, to prevent any act endangering the national security," Commerce Secretary Edward Yau Tang-wah told the Legislative Council.
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