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Common sense needed in enforcing national anthem law

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The application of mainland China’s national anthem law to Hong Kong was never going to be easy. From the moment the law was passed in Beijing in 2017, questions arose about precisely what form it would take when later applied to the city. The unveiling of the National Anthem Bill last week has not resolved all of the issues raised.

The law is intended to promote and protect the national anthem. It creates a new crime of intentionally insulting the anthem in public and prohibits any changing of the lyrics or score with intent to insult it. The law also sets out occasions when the anthem must be played – and must not. It requires schools to educate their students about the anthem and provide opportunities for it to be sung. The law is expected to be passed by the Legislative Council this year.

Hong Kong’s new anthem law: what you can and cannot do

Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland........

© South China Morning Post