Hong Kong to censor movies for security breaches

Hong Kong's government says it has revised an ordinance to censor movies that "endanger national security."

The government announced on Friday that the content of films will be examined under the territory's national security law that took effect last year.

Traditionally in Hong Kong, government authorities have checked movies for violence and indecency before allowing them to be screened.

Under the revised ordinance, the authorities will ban films that could endanger national security.

Earlier this year, a documentary film about Hong Kong's massive pro-democracy protests in 2019 was pulled voluntarily before its scheduled screening, following criticism from a pro-Beijing newspaper and others.

The Democratic Party in Hong Kong issued a statement criticizing the revision of the ordinance.

The party noted that it's not clear what content might be considered a danger to national security, so the measure would undermine the development of Hong Kong movies.

It expressed concerns that if the authorities cut anti-government content or even scenes depicting the destruction of a city, films will become boring.