A popular protest song, “Glory to Hong Kong,” from 2019, is strictly prohibited because doing so would limit free speech, per the judge’s remarks.
The court has declined the Hong Kong government’s request to apply a strict ban on the protest song “The Glory of Hong Kong ” in a historic ruling that upholds the city’s commitment to freedom of speech.
This all happened when the Glory to Hong Kong was played in different events or on international sports events like ice hockey and Rugby. China has Ruled instead of being a Chinese territory since it was freed from British sovereignty in 1997, so Hong Kong does not have any of its national anthems, and that’s why they are using China’s.
In the year 2019, the protest song was everywhere. Everyone sang this song while protesting in the city’s pro-democracy protest.
On Friday, according to the court rules, the injunction was rejected in written judgment; according to the high court, Judge Anthony remarks, “ the court knows and recognizes the involvement of the right of freedom of expression in consideration of this request. “However, considering the “Chilling Effect,” there are the possibilities of being generated if the injunction was granted.
Meanwhile, Chan stated, “It is not at all far-fetched to imagine that innocent people might refrain from the legal actions concerning the music out of concern that they would disobey or violate the injunction, which might have serious consequences.
Also, I am still trying to be satisfied that it is just, and this is so easy to apply or allow the injunction, so this application is rejected.
When the government first took action against the song in June, all of a sudden, the song was removed from many online platforms, including iCloud and Spotify, when the government submitted the request to completely ban the song.
Also, Google faces criticism from the officials of Hong Kong for not changing its search results to show the glory of Hong Kong instead of showing China’s national song whenever people find it in the Hong Kong anthem.
The Sun Dong senior Hong Kong officials stated that the government applied for a court complaint this month after Google instructed the government to briefly explain if this song breaks any applicable law.
The main headquarter of Google, Alphabet, responded slowly to the recruiter’s request for comment on the verdict; this needed to be clarified if the authorities would apply for the order.
Also, many people opposed the government injunction bid, including the Hong Kong Journalist Association, and were happy about the decision made by the court.
Innocent people would be threatened if public power was used outside the court while interacting with the media; HKJA head Ronson Chan stated, “ i believe that the order must be fair.”
The government wanted to outlaw the song distribution, performance, alteration, lyrics, and melodies, including YouTube, because it was disrespectful to the China national anthem.
In 2019 the glory of the Hong Kong anthem was composed when the region was rocked by the months-long demonstration against tighter Chinese control of the lively city that drew millions of residents.