Hong Kong regional government chief Carrie Lam said Tuesday that the National Security Committee will be working in secret to protect national security under the law approved by the Beijing authorities last week.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Lam was unable to make any assurances to journalists who expressed concern about the vagueness of the new law to combat crime related to the press. When asked whether the press will continue to have the right to report on a subject, Lam said if journalists can “give a 100% guarantee that they won’t commit a crime,” they can guarantee “the same thing.”
“It’s not like I’m here to give you a guarantee of what you can or can’t do,” he said. The details of the new national security law released this Monday include greater powers for the police, including the ability to seize electronic devices and enter offices or homes without prior court orders, as well as freeze assets and restrict the movement of people .
Encrypted mobile messaging applications such as Telegram, Whatsapp and Facebook have announced that they will stop processing user data requests that have been forwarded by the Hong Kong authorities to apply the new rule.