Hong Kong court issues conviction for broadcasting protest song ‘Glory to Hong Kong’ News
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Hong Kong court issues conviction for broadcasting protest song ‘Glory to Hong Kong’

A Hong Kong court found Cheng Wing-chun guilty of insulting China’s National Anthem under the National Anthem Ordinance on Wednesday. Cheng is the first person to be convicted under this ordinance. This was after he allegedly insulted the national anthem and desecrated the regional flag.

Cheng was convicted shortly after he used a 2019 anti-government protest song in an edited video of the national anthem. It featured an Olympian, Edgar Cheung, from the city. His use of this song, “Glory to Hong Kong” was viewed as an insult to the Chinese national anthem.

Hong Kong’s Eastern Magistrates’ Courts rendered Cheng’s video as a violation of the city’s 2020 law that banned citizens from disrespecting the Chinese national them. With regards to this, Cheng was remanded into custody. He is to be sentenced on July 20. Under the law, Cheng faces up to three years in jail or a fine up to HK $50,000.

Nevertheless, the Hong Kong Department of Justice seeks to ban the playing, singing or disseminating the song, “Glory to Hong Kong.” This is inclusive of any “internet-based platform or medium.” The government says broadcasting such a song can breach multiple laws in Hong Kong including National Security Law. The department previously applied for a court injunction at the Hong Kong High Court in early June to crack down on the playing of the song. The injunction also seeks to remove 32 YouTube videos. The court has not yet decided on the injunction, since it is set to hear arguments on the injunction on July 21.