Hong Kong News

Nonpartisan, Noncommercial, unconstrained.
Tuesday, Sep 26, 2023

Hong Kong man jailed for 8 months over seditious social media posts

Hong Kong man jailed for 8 months over seditious social media posts

Wong Chun-kit had praised a recent national anthem blunder and called for Chinese President Xi Jinping to ‘get out’ during his visit to the city last year.

A 42-year-old Hong Kong courier has been jailed for eight months under a colonial-era sedition law for publishing more than 100 social media posts attacking local and mainland Chinese authorities.

Wong Chun-kit’s crimes also included reposting footage of a protest song being played instead of the national anthem at a rugby match in South Korea. He had been remanded in custody since November on national security grounds.

In handing down the sentence at West Kowloon Court on Thursday, Chief Magistrate Victor So Wai-tak found that two of the posts, which praised the high-profile blunder in Incheon, were part of Wong’s bid to attack Beijing and the Hong Kong government and promote separatism. The magistrate is one of the judges approved by the city’s leader to oversee national security cases.

A deterrent sentence was needed to prevent others from publishing similar seditious content and reduce the chance of someone being spurred into action by the offensive posts in question, the magistrate added.

A clip of the high profile national anthem blunder at a rugby match in South Korea quickly went viral.

Wong pleaded guilty last month to committing seditious acts regarding the 113 posts he made on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram between January 2021 and November last year.

He admitted to “supporting acts of insulting the national anthem” by sharing two posts on Twitter, where the original authors praised the mix-up in Incheon on November 13.

Asia Rugby, the tournament’s organisers, had apologised for the blunder in which the protest anthem “Glory to Hong Kong” rather than “March of the Volunteers” was played ahead of the final match between the visiting Hong Kong team and the host nation. Footage of the incident went viral online. The organisation admitted to failing to send a recording of the national anthem to their Korean counterparts, who eventually downloaded the wrong song from the internet.

One of the tweets shared by Wong showed the video clip and a statement that read: “Thanks to Incheon, South Korea, for recognising Hong Kong’s national anthem”.

The same footage appeared on the other tweet, which said: “You’re not wrong! It’s the national anthem!”

The court also heard in earlier proceedings that Wong had created posts which attacked Chinese President Xi Jinping by telling him to “stop and get out” of Hong Kong during his visit last year marking the 25th anniversary of the city’s return to Chinese rule.

According to the prosecution, the courier also insulted the Chinese flag, the Hong Kong government and police, while he also urged residents to avoid getting Covid-19 vaccinations and incited separatism with calls for independence for Guangdong province.

A background report prepared by a probation officer said that Wong had acted on impulse without regard to the potential harm his actions could have caused, adding he now understood the legal consequences and wished to apologise to authorities.

The report also highlighted the defendant’s pledge to remove his social media accounts upon his release from prison and the favourable comments made by his employer.

Magistrate So said the accused had spread the provocative posts on three popular and widely used social networking platforms to increase the reach of his message.

He explained the offence was also aggravated by the fact Wong had posted over an extended period of time and that internet publications were, by their nature, long-lasting.

“The defendant repeatedly advocated secession,” the magistrate said. “He incited others to come together to disrupt social order and the peace by illegal means, and even provoked others to resort to violence. [He] was indeed a potential threat to public safety.”

The court set the sentence’s starting point at 12 months imprisonment before granting Wong a reduction to 8 months based on his guilty plea.

Sedition is punishable by up to two years imprisonment for a first conviction. The Court of Final Appeal has classified it as an offence capable of endangering national security, meaning defendants will find it harder to secure bail.

Related Articles

Hong Kong News
Paper straws found to contain long-lasting and potentially toxic chemicals - study
FTX's Bankman-Fried headed for jail after judge revokes bail
Blackrock gets half a trillion dollar deal to rebuild Ukraine
Steve Jobs' Son Launches Venture Capital Firm With $200 Million For Cancer Treatments
Google reshuffles Assistant unit, lays off some staffers, to 'supercharge' products with A.I.
End of Viagra? FDA approved a gel against erectile dysfunction
UK sanctions Russians judges over dual British national Kara-Murza's trial
US restricts visa-free travel for Hungarian passport holders because of security concerns
America's First New Nuclear Reactor in Nearly Seven Years Begins Operations
Southeast Asia moves closer to economic unity with new regional payments system
Political leader from South Africa, Julius Malema, led violent racist chants at a massive rally on Saturday
Today Hunter Biden’s best friend and business associate, Devon Archer, testified that Joe Biden met in Georgetown with Russian Moscow Mayor's Wife Yelena Baturina who later paid Hunter Biden $3.5 million in so called “consulting fees”
'I am not your servant': IndiGo crew member, passenger get into row over airline meal
Singapore Carries Out First Execution of a Woman in Two Decades Amid Capital Punishment Debate
Spanish Citizenship Granted to Iranian chess player who removed hijab
US Senate Republican Mitch McConnell freezes up, leaves press conference
Speaker McCarthy says the United States House of Representatives is getting ready to impeach Joe Biden.
San Francisco car crash
This camera man is a genius
3D ad in front of Burj Khalifa
Next level gaming
BMW driver…
Google testing journalism AI. We are doing it already 2 years, and without Google biased propoganda and manipulated censorship
Unlike illegal imigrants coming by boats - US Citizens Will Need Visa To Travel To Europe in 2024
Musk announces Twitter name and logo change to X.com
The politician and the journalist lost control and started fighting on live broadcast.
The future of sports
Unveiling the Black Hole: The Mysterious Fate of EU's Aid to Ukraine
Farewell to a Music Titan: Tony Bennett, Renowned Jazz and Pop Vocalist, Passes Away at 96
Alarming Behavior Among Florida's Sharks Raises Concerns Over Possible Cocaine Exposure
Transgender Exclusion in Miss Italy Stirs Controversy Amidst Changing Global Beauty Pageant Landscape
Joe Biden admitted, in his own words, that he delivered what he promised in exchange for the $10 million bribe he received from the Ukraine Oil Company.
TikTok Takes On Spotify And Apple, Launches Own Music Service
Global Trend: Using Anti-Fake News Laws as Censorship Tools - A Deep Dive into Tunisia's Scenario
Arresting Putin During South African Visit Would Equate to War Declaration, Asserts President Ramaphosa
Hacktivist Collective Anonymous Launches 'Project Disclosure' to Unearth Information on UFOs and ETIs
Typo sends millions of US military emails to Russian ally Mali
Server Arrested For Theft After Refusing To Pay A Table's $100 Restaurant Bill When They Dined & Dashed
The Changing Face of Europe: How Mass Migration is Reshaping the Political Landscape
China Urges EU to Clarify Strategic Partnership Amid Trade Tensions
The Last Pour: Anchor Brewing, America's Pioneer Craft Brewer, Closes After 127 Years
Democracy not: EU's Digital Commissioner Considers Shutting Down Social Media Platforms Amid Social Unrest
Sarah Silverman and Renowned Authors Lodge Copyright Infringement Case Against OpenAI and Meta
Why Do Tech Executives Support Kennedy Jr.?
The New York Times Announces Closure of its Sports Section in Favor of The Athletic
BBC Anchor Huw Edwards Hospitalized Amid Child Sex Abuse Allegations, Family Confirms
Florida Attorney General requests Meta CEO's testimony on company's platforms' alleged facilitation of illicit activities
The Distorted Mirror of actual approval ratings: Examining the True Threat to Democracy Beyond the Persona of Putin
40,000 child slaves in Congo are forced to work in cobalt mines so we can drive electric cars.
A Swift Disappointment: Why Is Taylor Swift Bypassing Canada on Her Global Tour?