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Hong Kong Telecoms Provider Blocks Website for First Time Citing Security Law

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Hong Kong Telecoms Provider Blocks Website for First Time Citing Security Law

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HONG KONG–Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) said on Thursday it has blocked a website that publishes material mainly on 2019 pro-democracy protests, to comply with the city’s national security law, marking the first censorship of a local website under the law. While the internet in mainland China is heavily censored and access to foreign social media platforms and news sites is blocked, residents in Chinese-ruled Hong Kong have so far enjoyed greater freedoms under the “one country, two systems” framework. “We have disabled the access to the website in compliance with the requirement issued under the National Security Law,” a spokesperson for internet service provider HKBN said in an email to Reuters, adding that the action was taken on Jan. 13. The website, HKChronicles, first reported disruptions to its service last week. On Sunday, the South China Morning Post newspaper, citing unnamed sources, reported that Hong Kong police had invoked …

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