What freedom of press?

Hong Kong is quickly descending into an abyss of censorship thanks to the magnetism of nearby black hole – north of the border crossing to mainland China.

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Beijing 2012

Last week I was typing up a very light article on the Hong Kong Book Fair and God knows how much I’ve stamped down my own voice for the sake of the lifestyle magazine I work for, but even this paragraph was edited out:

Hong Kong people’s heightened involvement in local politics has also been reflected at the Book Fair. I’m No Hero – Wong’s Political Views by Joshua Wong Chi-fung was one of last year’s sell-outs. Sixteen-year-old Wong is the convener of Scholarism, the group opposing the contentious planned national education policy (a school curriculum proposed by the Education Bureau of Hong Kong said to be biased towards the Communist Party of China and the so-called “China model”).

 

And the latest from Chip Tsao:

Tightening the screws on Hong Kong’s freedoms, Beijing has declared “loving China” mandatory for all judges in Hong Kong while they carry out their judicial duties.

This not only means a shift away from the concept of judiciary independence, but also casts a deep and long shadow on the career of tens of dozens of expat judges recruited from western countries like Britain and Australia, whose British wig-and-robe attire has long been an outlandishly grotesque eyesore for all patriotic Chinese.

Hong Kong’s judiciary shelters enough white-skinned pigs and common-law-brainwashed yellow-skinned dogs, to be viewed with a slanted eye of suspicion and hostility by Beijing. Cheng Jie, a law professor from Tsinghua University of Beijing, warned at an open forum in 2012 that all Hong Kong’s judges should be of Chinese nationality, and eventually should all be ethnic Chinese. The white paper’s bluntly worded “loving China” requirement for all judges serves as an official reminder. The writing has long been on the wall—if the gweilo judges want to consider their future rice bowl secure, a constant love for Chinese cuisine like steamed fish in Lei Yue Mun is no longer sufficient. All judges must demonstrate while sentencing that China has been loved, with a full sincerity that meets Beijing’s satisfaction.

Do the words “xenophobia”, “racism”, or “ethnocentricity” come to mind?

Ahh well. Happy Friday, folks!

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Forbidden City Beijing 2012

PS. Maybe you should let me know if I should be deleting this post as I’m petitioning to extend my employment visa in the next couple of months?

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