Police order Israeli company to take down democracy website run by overseas Hong Kong people ｜ Appledaily
Hong Kong police demanded that an Israeli company remove a website it hosts for self-exiled Hong Kongers in order to share a petition for democracy, raising concerns over the extraterritorial reach of the national security law from the city.
In a letter to web hosting service provider Wix, police said the Hong Kong Charter 2021 website contained “posts that may constitute offenses that endanger national security.” The letter, dated May 24, asked Wix to deactivate the site within 72 hours.
Visitors from 2021hkcharter.com On Thursday, Wix received a notice that the domain was not connected to a website.
Later that day, Wix said in a statement, “We looked at our initial selection and realized that the website should never have been deleted.” The company apologized and said it had reestablished the site.
Access to 2021hkcharter.com was restored around the same time. Wix said it would revise its selection process to “ensure that such errors do not recur in the future.”
Self-exiled Hong Kong activist Nathan Law, one of eight who launched the website in March, called the incident “a clear example of China’s long arm of influence under the news. security law “.
He added, “This raises the possibility that other websites and online remarks criticizing China may be the next targets of Beijing’s internet censorship.
The 2021 Hong Kong Charter calls on Hong Kong people living abroad to continue to denounce the Chinese Communist Party and to express their support for democracy and freedom in Hong Kong.
While police have previously cited the National Security Act to block Hong Kong internet users from accessing certain websites, this is the first reported case of them telling a hosting company to disable a website around the world.
Police warned in their letter to Wix that disobeying the order would be a criminal offense that could result in a fine of up to HK $ 100,000 (US $ 12,890) and six months in jail.
Organizations that “assist in the handling of a case must keep confidential all information relating to the case” except for the mere fact that the website has been shut down as per police order, the letter said. .
Police said in response to media requests that they would not comment on individual cases, but added that the measures taken by force would be dealt with in accordance with the actual situation and the law. Section 43 of the National Security Act empowers the police to compel service providers to delete information online.
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