Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Friday, October 06, 2017

Laws about national anthems

What laws (not customs or traditions) do other countries have about their national anthems? How are national anthems chosen?

China's national anthem law takes effect
China's National Anthem Law came into force Sunday to ensure appropriate performance of the song.

The anthem shall be sung at formal political gatherings, including the opening and closing of National People's Congress sessions, constitutional oath ceremonies, flag raising ceremonies, major celebrations, awards ceremonies, commemorations, national memorial day events, important diplomatic occasions, major sport events and other suitable occasions, according to the law…

It is now illegal to use the national anthem during funerals, "inappropriate" private occasions, commercials or as background music in public places.

Violators, including those who maliciously modify the lyrics, play or sing the national anthem in a distorted or disrespectful way, can be detained for up to 15 days, even be held criminally liable…

Previously, without a law to standardize etiquette for the national anthem, the song was sometimes used inappropriately…

Chinese national anthem

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At 9:26 AM, Blogger Ken Wedding said...

Hong Kong football fans boo China national anthem

A group of Hong Kong football fans have booed their national anthem - which the territory shares with mainland China - during a friendly match with Laos.

Fans jeered and raised their middle fingers as the anthem played ahead of the game, which Hong Kong won 4-0…

Thursday night's match at Hong Kong's Mong Kok Stadium was not the first time locals booed their national anthem, March of the Volunteers…


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