【阻擋網絡文字獄,捍衛言論自由】入稟覆核政府禁制網上言論 Challenge against govt’s injunction to block free speech online

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【阻擋網絡文字獄,捍衛言論自由】
入稟覆核政府禁制網上言論 Challenge against govt’s injunction to block free speech online


1. 政府取得臨時禁制令,禁止任何於網上包括在LIHKG及Telegram 煽動暴力的言論

2. 禁制令影響包括個人及網上平台,可迫使ISP 過濾內容甚至封鎖網站

3. 剝奪市民網上表達言論的自由,絕不能成為先例

4. 必須挑戰此禁制令,阻止政府引入禁網。餘款將均分捐予「612人道支援基金」及「星火同盟」


阻止網絡審查入侵香港,入稟覆核推翻禁制令

高等法院於10月31日頒布臨時禁制令,禁止任何人於網上,包括 LIHKG 及 Telegram,發佈或轉發任何促進、鼓勵或煽動使用或威脅使用暴力的言論。政府近日三番四次利用申請禁制令,變相繞過社會討論和立法會程序,無法無天。今次的禁制令侵犯市民言論自由,形同實施大規模 「網禁」的熱身動作。此例一開,全面網絡審查勢將再推進一步。

禁制令條文涵蓋內容廣泛而含糊不清,在連登和 Telegram發表批評警察濫暴或不滿政府的言論,甚至轉發網上內容隨時可被視為「煽動或教唆」,市民容易誤墮法網,猶如大陸的網上文字獄。更甚者,禁制令包括任何協助他人發佈相關言論,政府有可能會以禁令逼使網上平台或互聯網供應商過濾內容甚至封鎖網站。政府表面上透過禁制令禁止網上言論,日後隨時可再進一步實行網絡審查,徹底摧毀香港的資訊自由流通,後果不堪設想。香港作為全球資訊和互聯網樞紐,此舉對香港的聲譽造成無可挽回的嚴重損害。

再者,禁制令限制網上言論,製造寒蟬效應和白色恐怖,令市民在網上發言時自我審查。若不全力阻止,警察將可動輒以言入罪,令港人日後如大陸一般,因在網上發言而被安插「莫須有」罪名。

剝奪市民網上表達言論的自由,絕不能成為先例。為了阻止政府引入「禁網」,我們決定向法庭入稟覆核,竭力阻止「網上文字獄」的禁制令繼續生效。我們希望法庭裁定禁制令違憲,全力阻擋政府日後任何類似大陸式的防火長城過濾互聯網和言論審查的可能。此案或會上訴至更高的法院,法律費用不菲;一旦敗訴,我方或須承擔政府一方高昂的訟費。

對抗「防火長城」入侵香港,非單靠我們可以成事,因此我們發起眾籌計劃支持今次覆核和日後或出現的相關訴訟,希望香港人支持,一同守護香港網絡和言論自由。


發起人

香港互聯網協會

香港互聯網協會是國際互聯網協會(ISOC)的分會之一,成立於 2005 年,宗旨是透過政策研究、用戶教育和參與國際互聯網發展和管治,推廣開放、不受限制和有益使用互聯網;捍衛表達及言論自由、保障個人私隱和反對歧視。ISOC HK一直致力於鞏固香港作為互聯網樞紐的地位,為保障香港互聯網用戶的權益發聲。(https://www.isoc.hk/about/


眾籌目的

結合市民力量,眾籌是次入稟覆核的訴訟費用和日後用以進行捍衛互聯網自由的相關訴訟,希望法庭裁定律政司司長申請針對網上言論之禁制令違憲。


眾籌金額及資金運用

  • 我們預計雙方在高等法院原訟庭的開支至少為250萬元以上。我們的眾籌目標為300萬港元(包括約280萬元和眾籌平台及信用卡收取約6.9%即約20萬元手續費)。
  • 眾籌所得的款項將用於支持發起人在高等法院原訟庭提出入稟覆核的開支。如有需要及餘款亦會用於高等法院上訴庭以及終審法院的開支。
  • 開支包括聘請法律界專業人士提供意見(包括本地及海外)及代表出庭;以及一旦敗訴而法庭裁定發起人須支付政府一方的訴訟費用。

資金監察

我們承諾以公開、透明的原則,向公眾交代收入及支出,確保眾籌款項的使用符合眾籌目的。發起人已邀請會計師及前銀行家擔任款項信託人和監察眾籌,包括陳維漢先生(執業會計師)及葉嘉雯女士(退休銀行家)。信託人將定期向公眾匯報眾籌情況、工作進度及財務狀況;我們並將每三個月發布經會計師審核的賬目,直至整個覆核案件完結。

在完全支付入稟覆核的律師費用後,若有餘款,將均分捐贈予「612人道支援基金」及「星火同盟」。

所有眾籌所得款項將經由香港互聯網協會Stripe戶口收取後轉往並存放在律師樓戶口之中。



Challenge against government’s injunction to block free speech online

Stop Great Firewall of China from engulfing Hong Kong

The High Court in Hong Kong issued an interim injunction on October 31st, prohibiting anyone from willfully posting and reposting “any material or information that promotes, encourages or incites the use or threat of violence” online, including on LIHKG and Telegram. The latest government’s move to file another injunction was yet again an attempt to circumvent due public consultation and legislative process. The injunction is a severe threat to freedom of expression online. It is also an extremely dangerous first step of Internet censorship that we fear the government is paving way for implementing Internet shutdown.

The injunction provisions are overbroad, anyone who issues comments on police brutality and criticism on the government could potentially be construed to be “inciting, aiding or abetting” others to commit unlawful acts. The injunction can even go further to include anyone who simply ‘like’, share and respond to the comments. It is possible that with the use of the injunction, the government may force online platforms and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to censor and restrict access to websites and applications, or request private information of online users who are aiding in the dissemination of the online content. The injunction will not only affect free speech online, it will destroy Hong Kong’s open and free Internet, as well as free flow of information, if the government seeks to invoke more power to censor the Internet.

Introducing Internet censorship of online speech is similar to the Great Firewall of China. It is a serious breach of citizens’ freedom of expression and Hong Kong’s long cherished free flow of information. The government's injunction creates a chilling effect, spreads white terror, and forces the public to engage in self-censorship. If the situation remains unchecked, the police could potentially use the injunction to persecute more innocent and law abiding citizens who have the courage to speak up against the government and injustice.

We must not allow a dangerous precedent to be set in curbing online free speech. In our best efforts to avert Internet blocking and censorship, we have decided to file a civil action to review against the injunction. We hope the court would rule the injunction unconstitutional and block the possibility of any attempts to censor the Internet in the future. The funds raised will be used to pay for the legal costs of the review that we might bring the case to higher courts.

The fight against the Great Firewall of China belongs to us all. We call on you support on this crowdfunding campaign and together, we defend our freedom of speech and an open and free Internet.


Crowdfunding initiator:

Internet Society Hong Kong

The Internet Society Hong Kong is the Hong Kong chapter of the Internet Society. Established in 2005, ISOC HK’s vision is that an open and accessible network, in technology and policy, contributes to and provides a platform for sustainable development of the information society, which enriches the human experience. ISOC HK is dedicated to the open, unencumbered, beneficial use of the Internet; the upholding of the freedom of expression and opinion, privacy of personal information and aversion of social discrimination; through responsible self-regulation and harmonized governance. (https://www.isoc.hk/about/


Crowdfunding purpose:

We are calling on the public to rise in support of the crowdfunding campaign for the legal costs for carrying out the review against the injunction and for other litigation costs to defend Internet freedom in the future. We hope the court will declare the injunction against free speech online unconstitutional.


Crowdfunding amount and usage:

  • The estimation of both parties’ legal costs is at least HK$2,500,000. Our crowdfunding target is HK$3,000,000 (including ~HK$2,8M for litigation costs, and around HK$200k as the 6.9% administrative fees and processing fees charged by the crowdfunding platform, credit cards and payment platform Stripe).
  • The proceeds from the crowdfunding campaign will be used to pay for the costs of the civil action to challenge at the High Court of First Instance. Remaining will go to the High Court of Appeal and the Court of Final Appeal if needed.
  • Costs include the legal advice by local and overseas legal experts, legal costs and disbursements at trial; and the legal cost of the government’s side if the case is lost and the court requires the sponsor to pay.

Fund supervision:

We are committed to publicizing the income and expenses to the public openly and transparently, ensuring that the use of funds is in line with the stated purposes. To ensure all funds raised are used in accordance with the purpose of the crowdfunding, Mr. Alan Chan (Accountant) and Ms. Agnes Yeh (Former banker)

are appointed to act as the trustees of the funds. The trustees will regularly report to the public about the progress of the crowdfunding, progress of the legal action and financial status; we will publish the accounts audited by the accountant every three months until the entire legal action is completed.

After settling all legal costs for the legal action, remaining funds, if any, will be split equally and donated to the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund and Spark Alliance.

All funds collected will go through ISOC HK’s Stripe account and will be transferred to the account of the law firm.

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  • Internet Society Hong Kong
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May 21

“Lester Shum asked by DoJ to remove article about the death of Alex Chow” — online freedom of speech remains under attack by the injunction

Update posted by Internet Society Hong Kong at 11:12 am

「岑敖暉收律政司信件 要求移除周梓樂之死文章」—— 證禁制令繼續衝擊網絡自由“Lester Shum asked by DoJ to remove article about the death of Alex Chow” — a proof that online freedom of speech remains under attack by the injunction 儘管在我們入稟覆核政府的禁制令後,法庭頒令收窄範圍,釐清在執行上必須要確保發布及散播內容人士是有意圖煽動暴力,但是岑敖暉收到律政司信件,被要求移除有關周梓樂之死的文章一事,證明網絡自由繼續受到衝擊。我們擔憂政府可以透過濫用禁制令廣泛而含糊不清的條文,威脅香港資訊流通的自由,因此我們當時入稟覆核禁制令。然而,我們對於律政師在法庭釐清禁制令後,指控岑敖暉煽動暴力,要求他移除文章感到失望。我們亦十分擔憂律政師的行動將擴大寒蟬效應和白色恐怖,進一步摧毀我們在網上發表言論的自由 —— 我們不應忍受政府不斷擴張的審查力量。多得各位參與眾籌,我們入稟覆核後仍餘下大約港幣一百三十萬,可以用於對抗政府威脅網絡及言論自由的舉動。針對律政司要求移除文章,我們正在與律師團隊商討任何可能的法律行動。我們會繼續保持警惕,維護開放和自由的網絡;我們亦呼籲你一起並肩捍衛網絡及言論自由。Although the court narrowed the scope, and clarified that only those with the intent and purpose to incite. . . . .

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Dec 06

【香港互聯網協會聲明 Statement from the Internet Society Hong Kong | 2019-12-06】

Update posted by Internet Society Hong Kong at 09:41 am

感謝各位參與眾籌,表達對捍衛網絡及言論自由的支持。網絡自由受到衝擊,我們作為資訊科技人不能噤聲,但如非有大家的幫助及慷慨解囊,對抗封網之路必定更難行。眾籌發起至今,聯同線下的捐款(共港幣300,000元)及扣除平台手續費(約港幣159,000元),約有港幣2,169,000元。我們於11月11日入稟法庭,循民事訴訟覆核政府的臨時禁制令,禁制任何人於網上,包括連登討論區及 Telegram,發佈或轉發任何促進、鼓勵或煽動使用或威脅使用暴力的言論。高等法院於11月15日開庭審理案件,法官當日下午採納香港互聯網協會代表一方的觀點,頒令要求政府釐清及收窄臨時禁制令的範圍,可惜最終裁定臨時禁制令繼續生效。在判詞中,法官表明無意要求互聯網平台審查或過濾內容,相信有效釐清對於互聯網上的平台、 中介及互聯網供應商的法律責任。法官亦下令更改禁制令的部份字眼,表示禁制令在執行上必須要確保發布及散播內容人士是有意圖煽動暴力。在徵詢法律意見後,我們目前決定不會進行上訴,但並不代表捍衛網絡及言論自由的行動劃下句點。一日臨時禁制令繼續生效,寒蟬效應就繼續存在。事實上,我們當初發起眾籌的初心就是為了應對今次及未來政府打壓網絡自由的各種手段。政府用臨時禁制令的方式對網絡言論自由伸出魔爪,相信不會是最後一次。強權打壓反對聲音的手段從來都層出不窮,今次是禁制令,下次可能是動用《緊急法》封網,又或實施類似大陸式的防火長城全面過濾互聯網和進行網上言論審查,甚至用打擊假新聞為藉口立法限制言論自由,我們一定要繼續保持警惕。鑑於我們目前未有計劃採取進一步的法律行動,眾籌行動將於即日起暫停,所得款項將經由香港互聯網協會Stripe戶口轉往並存放在律師樓戶口之中。在扣除今次民事訴訟所需的法律費用後,剩餘款項將由律師樓保管。今次覆核案件涉及的法律費用港幣850,000元,扣除費用後,眾籌所得之餘額約為港幣1,319,000元。三位信託人將會監察款項的運用,我們亦將定期公佈財務報告,確保眾籌資金情況的透明度。倘若政府有任何威脅網絡及言論自由的舉動,我們將以今次眾籌的資源對抗到底。我們會在六個月後評估狀況,當政府對香港互聯網自由的威脅消除,我們會按原定安排將餘款均分捐贈予「612人道支援基金」及「星火同盟」支持前線抗爭的手足。今年六月的反送中到反警暴運動至今,香港人一直秉持「一方有難,八方支援」的精神,令各種對抗強權的抗爭得以持續至今。然而,香港人必須繼續團結一致,抗爭之路必須走下去。我們再次感謝大家支持,亦希望在未來日子繼續與香港人一起並肩捍衛網絡及言論自由。若你有興趣,可到https://www.isoc.hk/be-our-members 成為我們的會員; 如果你希望成為小組義工成員,亦可透過[email protected] 興我們聯絡。Our earnest gratitude to all of you who have participated in this crowdfunding campaign and joined us in the fight against the government’s move to block free speech online. In total, we have raised around HKD2,169,000 throughout the campaign (after deducting the processing fees by. . . . .

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Nov 15

網絡審查禁制令範圍收窄 關注政府繼續製造寒蟬效應

Update posted by Internet Society Hong Kong at 10:20 am

(2019年11月15日,香港)香港互聯網協會週一(11月11日)入稟覆核律政司司長向高等法院申請的臨時禁制令,禁制任何人於網上,包括連登討論區及 Telegram,發佈或轉發任何促進、鼓勵或煽動使用或威脅使用暴力的言論。今日高等法院開庭審理案件,法官下午裁定臨時禁制令繼續生效,然而法官採納香港互聯網協會的觀點,要求政府釐清及收窄臨時禁制令的範圍。在宣讀判詞中,法官表明法庭無意要求互聯網平台審查或過濾內容,相信有效釐清對於互聯網上的平台、 中介及互聯網供應商的法律責任。法官亦下令更改禁制令的部份字眼,表示禁制令在執行上必須要確保發布及散播內容人士是有意圖煽動暴力。香港互聯網協會及立法會資訊及科技界議員莫乃光認為法庭裁決將原本過於廣泛及含糊不清的臨時禁制令拉近至現有的刑事法例,執法單位必須證明『意圖』方能採取法律行動。然而,對於政府繼續用禁制令方式繞過現行法例,協會及莫乃光批評政府繼續製造寒蟬效應及令網民進行自我審查,影響網上表達自由。雖然法庭裁決將原本範圍不清晰及過闊的臨時禁制令收窄,協會及莫乃光表示將持續關注政府會否申請新禁令或利用《緊急情況規例條例》實施『封網』,會採取一切手段阻止政府引入類似內地式的網絡防火長城。香港互聯網協會及莫乃光感謝法律團隊的努力,會與團隊研究下一步行動,並感謝參與眾籌行動的市民。

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Nov 14

明天 (15th Nov) 將會進行首次聆訊! First Hearing Scheduled at 15th Nov!

Update posted by Internet Society Hong Kong at 03:26 pm

明天早上進行首次公開聆訊。我們相信無論這次聆訊結果為何,將只是我們抵抗引入中國式防火長城的第一步,需要香港所有網民的支持! 聆訊時間:11月15日(星期五)早上10時半 聆訊地點:高等法院十二樓第二十八號法庭High Court First Hearing is schedule tomorrow:15th Nov (Fri) 10:30amCourt 28, 12/F of the High CourtRepresentation: Daly&Associates(w/ Mr Nigel Kat SC, Mr Simon Young, and Mr Benson Tsoi)

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Nov 13

Reached 1/3 ONE day after launching the crowdfunding campaign

Update posted by Internet Society Hong Kong at 10:52 am

Thanks for your support and we're thankful the campaign have reach 1/3 of the target just one day after we officially announced it.Please help share it with more netizen to support our civil legal action challenging the injunction and related lawsuits.

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Nov 11

互聯網協會總會發表聲明 Internet Society Deeply Concerned about Interim Injunction Ordered by Hong Kong High Court

Update posted by Internet Society Hong Kong at 12:19 pm

Original: Internet Society Deeply Concerned about Interim Injunction Ordered by Hong Kong High Court Support from International! BTW Access Now and 17 other international organization had issued a letter to the HK Government regarding the injunction on 1st Nov.// This order has serious implications for Internet and web infrastructure. It. . . . .

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HK$2,027,236
raised of $3,000,000.00 goal
67% Funded
3819 Donors
Raised offline: $300,000.00
Total: $2,327,236.00

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