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Hong Kong 🇭🇰 is one of the two Special Administrative Regions of the People's Republic of China, the other being Macao. It has been a Special Administrative Region since July 1, 1997; it was the last remaining significant British colony.

Since the handover to China, Hong Kong has been granted relative legal, economic, and political autonomy under the one country, two systems policy.

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Since the national security law, press freedom in Hong Kong has deteriorated. It is illegal to use or say the slogan "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times" (光復香港,時代革命) anywhere in Hong Kong because of the national security law.

Because of the national security law, Hong Kong suffered one of the greatest declines in press freedom, falling 68 places in one year to 148th in 2022 compared to 80th last year in Reporters Without Borders' Press Freedom Index.

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Internet censorship[]

In contrast to mainland China, there is relatively little Internet censorship in Hong Kong. Generally, sites that infringe copyright or facilitate copyright infringement are blocked in Hong Kong.

However, this has changed with the national security law. Article 43 of the national security law states online content that is "likely to constitute an offence endangering national security or is likely to cause the occurrence of an offence endangering national security" is illegal, and an individual or group in breach of this could face a maximum penalty of six months imprisonment or a HK$100,000 fine.

Movie censorship[]

Hong Kong gives a certification for each film released in the city-state. If a film was given a Category III classification, it may not be shown to persons under 18.

On October 28, 2021, Hong Kong's legislature passed a new law banning films deemed to violate the national security law. Violators could face a penalty of up to three years in prison or a HK$1,000,000 fine.

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