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My friend read this morning’s news and said that whenever we talk about similar topics, we could just communicate by saying “redacted” and the sentiment will still be conveyed.
Almost a year after the National Security Law, HK wants more
Secretary for Security John Lee says HK may need new legislation to plug loopholes in or strengthen the existing National Security Law, imposed nearly one year ago today. He specifically encourages the implementation of Article 23 of the Basic Law, which allows the government to enact laws prohibiting “any act of treason, secession, sedition or subversion” against the state and prevent local political groups from making overseas connections.
The government had attempted to pass similar legislation in 2003 but withdrew after it received widespread public backlash, reflected in the large turnout for Handover Day protests.
Coronavirus in Hong Kong
New cases: 7 (imported)
Total cases: 11,897 cases so far (69 active cases, 210 total deaths, 11,618 total recovered)
As part of relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, some businesses will be allowed to host live performances again, provided artists have received their first dose of the vaccine and have been following existing protocols. These regulations will be in effect starting 24 June.
Spotlight on Lea Salonga
FIlipino Broadway star Lea Salonga discusses her journey through musical theatre and the discrimination she encountered along the way.
“I took it upon myself to nail that song every night because I didn’t want anyone to say this was just for everyone to get through the winter,” she recounts about her time as Fantine in Les Misérables. “I wanted people to say [I] was totally right for this.”
Read about the woman who experienced rejection and racial discrimination despite originating popular roles at the age of 18, voicing two Disney princesses and winning a Tony Award here.
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The Hong Kong Maritime Museum is celebrating the International Day of the Seafarer with free admission and special programmes on 27 June. Youth volunteers from the HK Seamen’s Union are hosting educational game booths, and visitors can make postcards to take home as souvenirs.
Find more info and see which special exhibitions are on display here. This is your chance to check out the beauty we keep mentioning here.
Today, paid subscribers get to read about Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s comments on the future of media under national security.