Last week, Hong Kong judge Anthony Chan delivered a decision that was reported around the world. At issue was whether a popular pro-democracy song, Glory to Hong Kong, should effectively be banned. Argued on July 21, the case was decided just a week later, on July 28.

Hong Kong secretary for justice Paul Lam initiated the case, naming no individual defendants. Instead, they were simply listed as all “persons conducting themselves” in the way that Lam wanted the court to prohibit. ..

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