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Nothing to fear from anthem law: Holden Chow Listen
Pro-establishment lawmaker Holden Chow says the public has nothing to fear from the proposed national anthem law. The DAB legislator said only people who go out of their way to disrespect the "March of the Volunteers" will be charged under the proposed law, which carries a maximum fine of HK$50,000 and three years in jail. He told Annemarie Evans the government’s proposal – which will go before Legco later this month – was very clear:
Erosion of democracy in Hong Kong ‘relatively serious’ Listen
A regional director at the Economist Intelligence Unit says there's been an erosion of democracy in Hong Kong in recent years. The SAR has slipped two positions in the EIU's annual global democracy index, to 73 out of the 167 territories that were rated. The report said Hong Kong is a 'flawed democracy' that's less democratic than countries like Sri Lanka and Mexico. Duncan Innes-Ker, the Asia Regional Director of the Economist Intelligence Unit, told Jim Gould that authorities' moves to prevent certain parties from participating in the political process was a significant step back: