Action call over push to boycott pro-Beijing firms

21-Jan-2022 Intellasia | TheStandard | 1:48 PM Print This Post

The government should take enforcement action against messages spreading hatred regardless of their background, lawmaker Paul Tse Wai-chun proposed.

His comment came as Eastweek, The Standard’s sister publication, reported that online platform “Charley Wong,” which supports the anti-fugitive bill movement, has been urging supporters not to spend money on merchants they regarded as pro-government.

For Charley Wong, that included exerting pressure on those who placed advertisements on local broadcaster Television Broadcasts, which has drawn fire from protesters since the 2019 anti-fugitive bill movement for a pro-government bias in its news coverage.

Tse said lawmakers have been following the remarks and behavior of the pro-democracy online platform.

“Any organization or person disseminating remarks inciting hatred toward Hong Kong or China might be violating the national security law or criminal laws,” Tse said.

He added that the government should enforce the law theoretically, but he understands that “quite a lot of people have grievances against the government,” therefore the law should be enforced in a fair manner.

“The government has to do something, or else it would be tolerating speeches inciting hatred against Hong Kong and China, and it is also not fair for us to not follow up on speeches that apparently breach the law,” Tse said.

He also said yesterday that people within the pro-democracy circle have been “bullying” merchants that placed advertisements on TVB.

“If it is merely a fair competition, then I do not see a problem, but if the accusation is baseless, or their behavior consists of bullying or intimidation, there are laws regulating such behavior,” Tse said.

However, he admitted that there are still gray areas and added that he will follow up if he receives any complaints. He hopes to study legislations or measures to ensure citizens have a fair and competitive social and business environment.


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