Hong Kong proposes law banning insults to Chinese national anthem

“Patrick Nip, secretary for constitutional and mainland affairs, told reporters the law would “preserve the dignity of the national anthem and promote respect”” writes Agence France-presse for Hong Kong unveiled a proposed law on Wednesday to punish anyone who disrespects the Chinese national anthem with up to three years in jail, as Beijing ramps up pressure on the semi-autonomous city to fall into line.The draft outlaws playing the anthem “in a distorted or disrespectful way, with intent to insult”.Hong Kong has mulled the law ever since China fine-tuned legislation on the proper way and place to sing the anthem, tightening rules that already bar people from performing it at parties, weddings and funerals.

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