Hong Kong Litigation and Dispute Resolution partner Thomas So delivered a webinar to Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) members on 20 July to explain Hong Kong’s new National Security Law (NSL). It attracted attendees from leading media and telecommunications companies. Thomas started the webinar with an overview of the legal status and purpose of the NSL, referring to the important principles underpinning it, such as the duties to safeguard the sovereignty, unification and territorial integrity of the PRC. He then outlined the four main offences under NSL, including secession, subversion, terrorist activities and collusion with a foreign country or with external elements to endanger national security and provided various examples for the audience. He went on highlighting the special provisions for corporations under article 31 of NSL, for example, that the law applies to incorporated and incorporated organisations and subjects them to fines and suspension or revocation of their business permits or licences for committing an offence under the law. Towards the end, Thomas talked about the scope of the application of the law and jurisdictional issues.
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