Scary! Is there any way Wikimedians can help to get the message out to
On Thu, May 21, 2020 at 5:31 PM William Chan <william(a)wchan.hk> wrote:
There is now a bill in the "deliberation" process of the Chinese People's
Political Consultative Conference ("CPPCC"). This bill is named as "Hong
Kong Special Administrative Region of People's Republic of China National
Security Law" (the "Bill"). This bill will probably be handed to the
People's Congress ("PC") after the process.
If passed in the PC, it will be added into the Annex III of the Basic Law.
At the same time, local approval will not be needed and will be applied in
Hong Kong. This seems to be a Beijing response to the near year-long
protests in Hong Kong.
The Board of Wikimedia Hong Kong User Group (the "Board") made a statement
hereinafter regarding the current developments regarding such a bill, as
this may possibly undermine the capability for Wikipedia to be accessed
unrestrictedly in Hong Kong.
Below is the statement issued by the Board :
We are currently very aware of Beijing authorities and local pro-Beijing
party members pushing for a bill which may limit the freedom of speech
within Hong Kong.
We are monitoring this issue closely, as it may affect the capability of
the User Group to carry out its mission for ensuring uncensored and
unrestricted access to Wikimedia projects, including Wikipedia and
- The Board, Wikimedia Community User Group Hong Kong
About the Protests:
About the User Group:
William Chan (User:1233)
Board Member, Wikimedia Community User Group Hong Kong
*issued on behalf of the board*
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