Mysterious Censorship: Hong Kong Bans Winnie the Pooh

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distributor of British murder thriller “Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey” announced on Tuesday that moviecheck in Hong Kong, scheduled for This week, it was cancelled. No explanation was given for cancellation.

said VII Pillars Entertainment on The Facebook page it was on with “great Regret “that movie It is scheduled to be released on March 23rd canceled. It gave no other details.

Chinese censorship has it in the past target film main The character, initially conceived by English author AA Milne, is due to memes comparing the flaming bear to President Xi Jinping.

The comparisons began in 2013 when Xi visited the United States and met Barack Obama then, and some of them online Commentators took over on Pooh and Tigger likened them.

some people Use the photo of Pooh signal opposition.

Hong Kong government He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A ticket Reservation link on brought her Facebook page up A message stating that tickets are temporarily unavailable.

Moviematic, which organized a movie screening for Tuesday evening, I mentioned the cancellation on that it social media page earlier in Today cited technical reasons for cancellation.

a new Censorship Act in the former A British colony was enacted in 2021. a resultSome films have been banned from showing in Chinese administrative region.

The city’s censorship law prohibits films that “endorse, support, glorify, encourage and incite activities that may endanger national protection.”

after counter-government Protests rocked cityBeijing imposed a national security law on Hong Kong in 2020. Anything considered sabotage, secession, or collusion is punishable by law with Foreign forces and terrorism.

Two Hong Kong films have been dropped international Film festival last year After not obtaining approval from the authorities.

The cancellation comes as Hong Kong hosts the contemporary art fair, Art Basel art justice, with The authorities are keen to promote city As a vibrant cultural center.

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