(ConservativeInsider.org) – China’s continued crackdown on Hong Kong is chipping away at citizens’ access to free speech every day. But, watching American social media networks censor our president, has emboldened the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to move forward with its latest power grab. Soon after President Trump was banned from Twitter and Facebook, a Hong Kong internet provider stopped users from accessing pro-democracy site HKChronicles.
On Thursday, January 14, Hong Kong Broadband Network released a statement that they “disabled the access” to the pro-democracy site to comply with the National Security Law. The site’s chief editor, Naomi Chan, asked readers to “make early preparations” as she expected further internet censorship and disruptions.
PhD law student and political activist Glacier Kwong detailed where the slippery slope of Internet censorship likely leads:
5/ An open Internet has always been the cornerstone of freedom in a place. Disrupting Internet freedom also undermines the flow of information, freedom of communication, and freedom of the press.
— Glacier Kwong (@KwongGlacier) January 7, 2021
When American tech companies begin using the same tactics to control the flow of information and opinions that the CCP uses, it surely should raise alarm. Our nation must demand the free flow of information on the internet in order to protect our freedom of speech and our values.
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