Hong Kong security law: Social media giants grapple with new national security law
The social media app Tik Tok has announced plans to withdraw from Hong Kong, as social media companies grapple with implications of Hong Kong's new national security law. Let's get the story from Alex in #TheCube.
ABC News' Brittyn Clennett reports on the changes facing Hong Kong residents, and what they're trying to do in the face of a new law that critics say targets protesters. Police in Hong Kong have arrested one of the most prominent figures under the new national security law.
Jimmy Lai and six others linked to his pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily are in custody on charges of colluding with foreign forces.
The Hong Kong Journalists Association says it is a worrying development for media freedom.
Al Jazeera's Sarah Clarke reports. Police in Hong Kong have arrested nearly 300 people for protesting in the territory on Sunday. Protesters were on the streets on a day that Hong Kong should have been holding local elections, had they not been postponed for a year by the government over coronavirus fears. Police responded with pepper balls against protesters who demonstrated against the deferment. Many believe it was to prevent pro-democracy parties from gaining at the ballots, riding on a wave of anti-establishment feeling. A new security law that prohibits virtually all protest in the city has added to the anti-government mood.
China's new Hong Kong Security Law prohibits almost all forms of protest. Those convicted of offenses can be sentenced to life in prison. Accustomed to political activism and free expression, Hong Kong activists are trying to adjust to the new normal. At least ten people have been arrested under the new law. No one knows which political slogans are still allowed. Ever since the new national security law was instituted, political opinions have become dangerous. Hong Kong police arrested media tycoon Jimmy Lai and raided the publisher's headquarters Monday in the highest-profile use yet of a new national security law Beijing imposed on the city in June. (Aug. 10)