Arts fear over '97
LEGISLATIVE Councillors have called for assurances on artistic freedom after 1997.
At the Recreation and Culture Panel yesterday they passed on worries expressed by arts groups that the freedom to create would not be protected after 1997 because of a conflict in the Basic Law.
Article 34 says Hong Kong residents should have freedom to engage in artistic creation and other cultural activities, but Article 23 says laws should be enacted to prohibit treason, secession, sedition and subversion.
United Democrat legislator Cheung Man-kwong said Article 23 could easily be interpreted in a way which threatened artistic creation.
Mr Cheung said the Government should seek China's guarantee on artistic freedom.
Secretary for Recreation and Culture James So Yiu-cho promised to consider the call.