Chinese Censors Delete Hong Kong Artists' Music Online

Chinese Censors Delete Hong Kong Artists' Music Online
Photo Credit: AP/達志影像

What you need to know

Denise Ho, a popular Hong Kong pro-democracy advocate, and several artists have seen their work disappear from a number of popular online music platforms.

Music by Denise Ho (何韻詩), Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Cantopop singer, appears to have been deleted from at least four of China's biggest online music platforms.

According to China Digital Times, a Weibo user discovered that Ho’s songs, along with those of several other Hong Kong musicians – including Anthony Huang (黃耀明), Wyman Huang (黃偉文) and Hins Cheung (張敬軒) – have been removed from Music.163 (网易云), a music platform with more than 200 million users.

When Denise Ho’s name is searched on Music.163, the website says the results “cannot be shown due to related regulation and policies.”

All pages that include content or a hashtag about Ho have been removed, the Weibo user notes, and videos are also no longer available, netizens say. Ho’s songs are unavailable on two other popular music websites, QQ and Kugou. Her music also appears to have been removed from China's iTunes store, China Digital Times reports.

According to Chinese social media, the song Chinese fans miss the most is “Wood.”

In 2014, Ho told the New York Times that the Chinese market accounted for 80% of her income. Ho vowed to support the anti-Beijing Umbrella Movement that year, despite the potential backlash from China, a move which the South China Morning Post described as “career suicide."

In June, Lancôme cancelled a Hong Kong concert by Ho it had planned to sponsor. Ho held an alternative concert, drawing a crowd of thousands. A petition to boycott the cosmetics label was also launched, with more than 86,000 people signing.

One netizen suggests that despite Ho not issuing any “rebellious statements” in the past month, the Chinese Communist Party fears her influence on Chinese people.

Ho has her own music label, Goo Music, and her Facebook fan page HOCC has more than 450,000 likes.

She has recently finished filming the music video for her single “Dear Darkness” (親愛的黑色), which was released last month.

“Time flies. The environment changes and people change. Fortunately, those who have been supporting and believing in me are still there,” Ho wrote on her Facebook today. “I feel thankful for every person who helps me without hesitating at this very moment.”

Singer and actress Ho is taken away by policewomen from an area previously blocked by pro-democracy supporters, outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong
Photo Credit: Reuters/達志影像
Singer
and actress Denise Ho is taken away by policewomen from an area previously blocked by pro-democracy supporters, outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong, December 11, 2014. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu - RTR4HKQA

First Editor: Edward White
Second Editor: J. Michael Cole


Tags: