YouTube blocks campaign channel of Hong Kong's sole leadership candidate

Asian Tech Press (Apr. 20) -- Youtube blocked on Wednesday the campaign channel of John Lee, Hong Kong's sole leadership candidate, because of sanctions imposed on him by the U.S.

Hong Kong chief executive candidate John Lee's YouTube channel was taken offline on Wednesday morning.

And the video-sharing platform's parent company Google had informed Lee's campaign office that the termination was taken to comply with U.S. sanctions against him.

As the city's sole candidate in next month's chief executive vote, Lee already surpassed the threshold of support he needs to win, effectively confirming he'll become Hong Kong's next leader.

A former police officer, Lee was a staunch supporter of Hong Kong's extradition bill, which sparked riots in the city in 2019 and was subject to U.S. sanctions in 2020 for allegedly helping to undermine the territory's high degree of autonomy.

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