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When Hong Kong's government tries to silence a song, the world should listen

By Editorial Board

22 Aug 2023 · 3 min read

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  1. The Hong Kong government is appealing a court decision that denied its request for an injunction to prevent the distribution of "Glory to Hong Kong", a pro-democracy protest anthem, on any platform. The government argues that the song stirs up emotions and wants it scrubbed from the entire internet.

"Glory to Hong Kong" is, to most of the world, just a song. But to residents of Hong Kong, it is a protest - and to the Chinese Communist Party, it is a threat. U.S. technology companies might soon have to decide whether to help quash it.

The Hong Kong government is appealing a July decision by a local court to deny its request for an injunction preventing "Glory to Hong Kong" from being published or otherwise distributed by any means and on any platform. According to the state, the lyrics to the unofficial pro-democracy protest anthem ("Liberate our Hong Kong, in common breath; Revolution of our times!") "stir up emotions." That the tune is already banned under the city's draconian national security law, apparently, isn't enough. And a ruling by the judiciary that an injunction would be overkill isn't to be endured.

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