Interim Injunction Order granted by the High Court against promotion, encouragement and incitement of the use or threat of violence via internet-based platform or medium

     The Secretary for Justice as guardian of the public interest applied to the Court yesterday (October 31) for an ex parte injunction (High Court Intended Action 202/2019) to restrain persons from unlawfully and wilfully conducting themselves in any of the following acts :-

     (a) Wilfully disseminating, circulating, publishing or re-publishing on any internet-based platform or medium (including but not limited to LIHKG and Telegram) any material or information that promotes, encourages or incites the use or threat of violence, intended or likely to cause :-

     (i) bodily injury to any person unlawfully within Hong Kong; or
     (ii) damage to any property unlawfully within Hong Kong.

     (b) Assisting, causing, counselling, procuring, instigating, inciting, aiding, abetting or authorizing others to commit any of the aforesaid acts or participate in any of the aforesaid acts.

     Since this June, there have been numerous instances of violent protests and vandalising acts in many districts of Hong Kong including but not limited to criminal damage to property, assaults of the person, riots and arson.  The use of internet-based platform or medium, given its anonymous and instantaneous nature in communication as well as accessibility, have been abused by some to incite protesters to participate in unlawful activities, to promote the use of weapons and to mobilise protesters to damage targeted properties and injure targeted individuals (in particular police officers).  Such acts have seriously breached public peace, and posed a grave and genuine danger to the police and members of the public.

     The Secretary for Justice seeks this injunctive order to restrain such abusive use of internet-based platform or medium. The Court has granted an interim injunction which will remain in force up to and including Friday, 15 November 2019 at 10:30 a.m..

Ends/Friday, November 1, 2019
Issued at HKT 0:02