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Media content regulation then reflected the national concerns, community values and social norms of the day. Two pieces of legislation - the Undesirable Publications Ordinance and the Public Entertainments Ordinance - stood out in this effort against Communist propaganda and other undesirable content in the form of publications, films and public entertainment such as cultural shows.
Communist propaganda, both blatant and covert, posed such a security threat that in October 1958, media regulators decided to impose a blanket prohibition on the importation, sale or circulation of publications from 53 publishing houses in Hong Kong and China. The British colonial government's Chief Secretary, Mr E. B. David, said, "These publishing houses have in the past consistently published material containing subversive Communist propaganda" .
A major challenge for media regulators, was how to uncover Communist propaganda contained in seemingly innocuous media:
By Ministry of Communications and Information. Published July 2016.