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Court order bans online messages inciting violence

2019-10-31 HKT 19:18
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  • The High Court has granted an interim order banning people from posting messages encouraging or inciting the use of violence. File photo: RTHK
    The High Court has granted an interim order banning people from posting messages encouraging or inciting the use of violence. File photo: RTHK
The High Court on Thursday issued an interim injunction banning anyone from posting or spreading online messages encouraging or inciting violence, in the latest government effort to clamp down on almost five months of protests in Hong Kong.

The ban – effective until November 15 – applies to any internet platforms, but specifically names the LIHKG forum, and the encrypted messaging app Telegram – which are both very popular among anti-government protesters.

Any message that promotes, encourages, or incites others to use violence or intimidation to harm others or their property is banned under the court order.

The Court had convened an urgent hearing on Thursday afternoon at the request of the Department of Justice.