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Do Not Split, directed by Norwegian journalist Anders Hammer, captures the 2019 Hong Kong protests

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China has reportedly told local media not to broadcast the 2021 Oscars in real time after a documentary on the Hong Kong protests was nominated.

The order that was issued by the Communist Party’s propaganda department also directed media outlets to downplay the coverage of the ceremony, Bloomberg quoted people familiar with the matter as saying.

“Do Not Split”, directed by Norwegian journalist Anders Hammer, has been nominated in the ‘documentary short subject’ category.

The 35-minute film is based on the protests against a controversial extradition law that rocked Hong Kong in 2019. The legislation, which was later withdrawn, paved the way for extradition of criminal suspects from Hong Kong to mainland China.

Mr Hammer also responded to China’s reported decision. “This alleged censoring of the Oscars due to our documentary being nominated is unfortunately not a big surprise after witnessing how freedom of speech and freedom of press is being drastically curtailed in Hong Kong,” he was quoted as saying by the Deadline.

Producer Charlotte Cook was quoted as saying in the report that it’s important for the world to know about the “erosion of liberties happening in Hong Kong, and any form of censorship only furthers the case for how crucial it is that this story, and the past, current and future events in Hong Kong, are being told as widely as possible.”

There have also been concerns in China since the nomination of “Nomadland” director Chloé Zhao, who became the first Chinese woman and the first woman of colour to be nominated for best director. She was also nominated in the film editing and adapted screenplay category.

While her nomination was initially recognised and celebrated in China, The New York Times reported that concerns were raised after an old interview was found in which she criticised China.

Oscar nominations were announced this week and the winners will be revealed on 26 April.

 

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Such a weak, fragile, and unstable nation. If something as benign as a film is enough to set your censors scrambling, then that shows just how vulnerable your political system is, both to external democracies and to your own citizens.
 

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Such a weak, fragile, and unstable nation. If something as benign as a film is enough to set your censors scrambling, then that shows just how vulnerable your political system is, both to external democracies and to your own citizens.
You are very wrong. A weak nation is a nation cannot against outsider ill-will. Inability to sensor propaganda is weak nation. Inability to sensor your wish is weak nation.
 

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You are very wrong. A weak nation is a nation cannot against outsider ill-will. Inability to sensor propaganda is weak nation. Inability to sensor your wish is weak nation.
The inability to handle the truth is a sign of a weak nation. Does censoring a movie seem like China can handle criticism to you?
 

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@S10 LOL, your sensitive nancy CCP thinks if you Chinese were to watch the Oscars, you don't have the mental capacity of handling an HK movie nomination without losing your minds, and why they are banning you from watching it. :wave:
 
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Good - there is no reason to waste your time in these useless stuff. Why should any Indian/Chinese or Pakistani watch oscars? Are these your films? there are all made by white man for their white population. Leave these colonial era mentality behind where you have to respect everything about west or whites. West thinks their idea of society or culture is best - but who are they to decide that? 8 people killed, 125 mass shootings in the greatest democracy of the world, yet do you find any movie about that? no need to get your panties in a twist just because an eastern country decided not to show oscars - i say well done, should have done this much earlier.
 

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Such a weak, fragile, and unstable nation. If something as benign as a film is enough to set your censors scrambling, then that shows just how vulnerable your political system is, both to external democracies and to your own citizens.
Doesn't your nation India threaten Twitter and social media companies when their requirements aren't being met? Who is weak, fragile and unstable there? Couldn't we argue that India doesn't allow free speech?
 

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The inability to handle the truth is a sign of a weak nation. Does censoring a movie seem like China can handle criticism to you?
the truth is not from your mouth and speech. you are not even there, you are not qualify to tell about the truth in somewhere you are not a part of.
 

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the truth is not from your mouth and speech. you are not even there, you are not qualify to tell about the truth in somewhere you are not a part of.

No China under Xi is a very weak and loser nation

a nation who cant handle any criticism and they just jailed HK billionaire for having different opinion

Jack Ma also is under arrest

and internet fanboys like you who are paid $15 per month by state to spread propaganda are bad mouthing self made billionaires

this is China perfect example
 

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No China under Xi is a very weak and loser nation

a nation who cant handle any criticism and they just jailed HK billionaire for having different opinion

Jack Ma also is under arrest

and internet fanboys like you who are paid $15 per month by state to spread propaganda are bad mouthing self made billionaires

this is China perfect example
Your are not chinese and so anything from your thought about china is not the truth, including your criticism about something you hate is not the truth. Your speech is not the truth.
 
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Hey if Americunts could ban Chinese channels, we could do the same to their shows wig fake news. Does that make you mad?
wu mao we never banned any Chinese channels. there is nothing worthy to watch...

once again the CCP told us how low they think of your intellect to simply watch program, and not act like fools
 

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