YouTube, the Google-owned video streaming platform, has eliminated the account of John Lee Ka-chiu, the policeman-turned-politician who’s poised to take over as Hong Kong’s subsequent chief.
All content material on Lee’s YouTube web page has been eliminated. As a replacement is a message that reads: “This account has been terminated for violating Google’s Phrases of Service.”
Lee’s marketing campaign workplace stated on Wednesday that it had been knowledgeable by Google that the removing of the account was in accordance with the corporate’s compliance with U.S. sanctions.
“We discover this very regrettable and fully unreasonable, however we predict they’ll’t cease us from spreading our candidate’s message – our marketing campaign’s message – to the general public,” stated Tam Yiu-chung, head of Lee’s marketing campaign workplace.
Lee is considered one of a dozen officers who had been sanctioned by the U.S. in 2020 and had been deemed chargeable for the implementation of the Beijing-imposed Nationwide Safety Legislation in July that 12 months.
Lee is now the one candidate in subsequent month’s small circle election for Chief Govt.
The election, which isn’t open to the general public and as an alternative entails simply 1,500 carefully-selected voters, will go forward on Could 8. Lee’s five-year time period of workplace will start from July 1, 2022.
“Google complies with relevant U.S. sanctions legal guidelines and enforces associated insurance policies underneath its Phrases of Service. After evaluate and per these insurance policies, we terminated the Johnlee2022 YouTube channel,” advised the South China Morning Publish. The corporate has not but replied to Selection’s enquiries.
Lee was Hong Kong’s safety minister on the time that the Nationwide Safety Legislation was injected into town’s mini-constitution, referred to as the Primary Legislation. He has since been promoted to chief secretary, town’s second highest-ranking official.
For the reason that introduction of the Nationwide Safety Legislation, Lam and Lee have ushered in different legal guidelines overhauling the territory’s programs for electing each the Chief Govt and the Legislative Council. There are not any pro-democracy legislators in LegCo and a number of other have been jailed or reside in exile.
Safety concerns have additionally been used to crack down on town’s media, revamp government-owned broadcaster RTHK, and to usher in adjustments to the movie censorship regulation.
Lee has not but elaborated a lot of his political platform. He has additionally spoken of the necessity to repair Hong Kong’s scarcity and a want to rejuvenate the civil service. And he has dropped broad hints that he goals to usher in one other safety regulation (referred to as Article 23) in addition to an anti-fake information regulation.
By the U.S. Treasury Division’s Workplace of Overseas Belongings Management, the U.S. property of sanctioned people are blocked. Individuals and U.S. companies are prohibited from coping with them. However there may also be wider spillover. Carrie Lam, town’s present Chief Govt, was additionally sanctioned and advised native media that as a result of her bank cards and financial institution accounts have been blocked, she receives her month-to-month wage in money.
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