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The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.

Released on 12.08.2022

Hong Kong diaspora say billboards in Australia are Beijing propaganda and spread lies

Hongkongers in Melbourne and Sydney say billboards that proclaim Hong Kong has entered a "new era" of stability, prosperity and opportunity are "blatant lies" and "very upsetting".

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Hong Kong film dropped from festival after censors object to Umbrella Movement scene lasting under a second

The organisers of a film festival have cancelled the upcoming screening of an award-winning short movie after censors demanded the removal of a scene depicting a protest site during the 2014 Umbrella Movement.

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Hongkongers warn of Chinese Communist Party infiltration of British universities

Youth organizers linked to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) are actively recruiting among Hongkongers in exile at British universities, according to a statement from several Hong Kong advocacy groups.

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UHRP Joins Allies Urging US Government to Immediately Impose Magnitsky Sanctions on CCP Officials Implicated by Xinjiang Police Files

A joint letter, on behalf of 55 organizations, urging the Department of the Treasury and Department of State to impose Magnitsky sanctions against Chinese Communist Party officials responsible for genocide against Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples.

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TikTok will not be safe until we can be sure our data is protected from China

TikTok representatives have given the BEIS and DCMS Select Committees the impression, in both oral and written evidence, that there is nothing to worry about with data transfers and that data does not go to China. However, leaked audio files recently uncovered by a BuzzFeed News investigation seem to contradict this claim. The published leaks contain statements from TikTok employees indicating that engineers in China had access to data.

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U.S. Importers Struggle to Find Solar Panels in China Not Made by Uyghur Slaves

American solar energy companies are reportedly having difficulty complying with the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), a law that went into effect in June requiring importers to prove their goods are not tainted with slave labor from the oppressed Uyghur Muslims of China’s Xinjiang province.

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China could be reviewing security bugs before tech companies issue patches, DHS official says

Beijing’s strict vulnerability reporting rules mean government officials could get “early access” to even the most serious vulnerabilities, DHS Under Secretary for Policy Robert Silvers said during the Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas.

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