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It’s Official: ‘Spreading Rumors’ Online in China Will Get You in Jail

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Labor camps part deux @TaiShang you got a shout out in the article's last paragraph :sarcastic:

It’s Official: ‘Spreading Rumors’ Online in China Will Get You in Jail

According to a new piece of Chinese legislation signed into law on Nov. 1, netizens found guilty of “spreading rumors” or “fabricated information” online can be jailed for up to seven years.

The ninth amendment to China’s criminal law was passed on Aug. 29 this year in the 16th meeting of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee.

According to the state-run People’s Daily, those who publish false alarms about natural disasters, police notices, or deliberately spread rumors on the Internet will be held for up to three years in prison if the act has disturbed social order. Those whose rumor mongering causes “serious consequences” can be put behind bars for three to seven years.

The new laws appear to be an expansion of a 10-clause judicial interpretation from 2013 that defines the kinds of online behavior that constitute “fabricating facts to slander others” and “serious violations.” It rules that people face defamation charges if the offending content is viewed by more than 5,000 netizens or retweeted more than 500 times.

Tools of suppression
Activists say that the new regulations simply increase the degree to which the Communist Party restricts freedom of expression and human rights in name of “stability maintenance” and “social harmony.” It is also questionable as to whether the law will be equally and fairly enforced.

Hunan Province activist Ou Biaofeng told Voice of America that many genuine rumors on the Internet in fact arise from the very lack of freedom of expression and information that the Chinese regime enforces. He worries that the new regulation will be used against activists, dissidents and commentators on current affairs.

Ou said that “the intent is to suppress human rights defenders and dissidents. The authorities cannot tolerate criticism. This is a further suppression of freedom of speech in the name of legislation and law and to create a state of fear in society.”

Activist Wu Bin questioned the criteria for discriminating between true and false information, as well as how to determine which individuals were truly guilty or simply the victims of misleading posts.

“They set the standards,” Wu told Voice of America, “to be very flexible for manipulation. If they want to catch you, they’ll say you knew it and you spread it. For dissidents like us, the ones who criticize the government, they will do everything possible to set us up.”

Netizens have criticized the apparent contradiction between the state-run media’s habitual falsification or skewing of economic data, casualty reports in accidents and natural disasters, among other embellished content, and the new Internet regulations, which ostensibly target exactly such behavior.

Wu Bin said that the regime must set an example before making demands of the people. He suspects that the new regulations will not apply to the so-called “50 Cent Party,” or Internet users in the pay of the regime to produce posts in support of regime policy or to otherwise subvert or oppose dissident voices.
 

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Labor camps part deux @TaiShang you got a shout out in the article's last paragraph :sarcastic:

It’s Official: ‘Spreading Rumors’ Online in China Will Get You in Jail

According to a new piece of Chinese legislation signed into law on Nov. 1, netizens found guilty of “spreading rumors” or “fabricated information” online can be jailed for up to seven years.

The ninth amendment to China’s criminal law was passed on Aug. 29 this year in the 16th meeting of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee.

According to the state-run People’s Daily, those who publish false alarms about natural disasters, police notices, or deliberately spread rumors on the Internet will be held for up to three years in prison if the act has disturbed social order. Those whose rumor mongering causes “serious consequences” can be put behind bars for three to seven years.

The new laws appear to be an expansion of a 10-clause judicial interpretation from 2013 that defines the kinds of online behavior that constitute “fabricating facts to slander others” and “serious violations.” It rules that people face defamation charges if the offending content is viewed by more than 5,000 netizens or retweeted more than 500 times.

Tools of suppression
Activists say that the new regulations simply increase the degree to which the Communist Party restricts freedom of expression and human rights in name of “stability maintenance” and “social harmony.” It is also questionable as to whether the law will be equally and fairly enforced.

Hunan Province activist Ou Biaofeng told Voice of America that many genuine rumors on the Internet in fact arise from the very lack of freedom of expression and information that the Chinese regime enforces. He worries that the new regulation will be used against activists, dissidents and commentators on current affairs.

Ou said that “the intent is to suppress human rights defenders and dissidents. The authorities cannot tolerate criticism. This is a further suppression of freedom of speech in the name of legislation and law and to create a state of fear in society.”

Activist Wu Bin questioned the criteria for discriminating between true and false information, as well as how to determine which individuals were truly guilty or simply the victims of misleading posts.

“They set the standards,” Wu told Voice of America, “to be very flexible for manipulation. If they want to catch you, they’ll say you knew it and you spread it. For dissidents like us, the ones who criticize the government, they will do everything possible to set us up.”

Netizens have criticized the apparent contradiction between the state-run media’s habitual falsification or skewing of economic data, casualty reports in accidents and natural disasters, among other embellished content, and the new Internet regulations, which ostensibly target exactly such behavior.

Wu Bin said that the regime must set an example before making demands of the people. He suspects that the new regulations will not apply to the so-called “50 Cent Party,” or Internet users in the pay of the regime to produce posts in support of regime policy or to otherwise subvert or oppose dissident voices.
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it's forum rules.
Is it? because @TaiShang never does and no moderator ever asks him in spite of several people complaining.

Are you surprised that China made such a law? Are you not capable of researching the article? Canada is not china, you can research anything on the internet

I found another article too. Here is a link, I will help out this time. You guessed it it not from PressTV!
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/01/opinion/chinas-crackdown-on-rumors-will-only-hurt-its-economy.html
 

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Is it? because @TaiShang never does and no moderator ever asks him in spite of several people complaining.

Are you surprised that China made such a law? Are you not capable of researching the article? Canada is not china, you can research anything on the internet

I found another article too. Here is link, I will help out this time
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/01/opinion/chinas-crackdown-on-rumors-will-only-hurt-its-economy.html
if true I applaud China. Internet rumours can be dangerous.

Internet rumours, scams taking away from teen suicide investigation - Tbnewswatch.com Thunder Bay News
 

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We will applaud canada when they throw you guys behind bars for spreading false rumors about the west too. BUT WAIT! when it comes to you guys living in democracies, you would not accept that.
Lool You might be sarcastically correct. But then again, we have to bare in mind that China is still a developing country and a one party state at that, so it woll take decades for their political system to mature and such freedoms/rights to be granted to their people like we do now in the west. We also went through some turbulent times(granted that was centuries ago) to get the type of stable/democratic/human rights/free political system we have today.
So i think we need to give them more time to mature, tbey will eventually get to this level at one point as the country develops.
 

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We will applaud canada when they throw you guys behind bars for spreading false rumors about the west too. BUT WAIT! when it comes to you guys living in democracies, you would not accept that.
What false rumours about the west have I spread?
 

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Brits are such self-righteous arsewipes. Sod off ye marmite munching limey..
 

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West is so terrified with China that even a small news are published with great colors and thumps. Why west is so concerned with china's internal matters???
 

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It is not surprising that an organization like Voice of America would be hypersensitive about law against spreading false rumor.
 

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West is so terrified with China that even a small news are published with great colors and thumps. Why west is so concerned with china's internal matters???
They know than an asian country is on a rise to next superpower status. Thats why.
 

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West is so terrified with China that even a small news are published with great colors and thumps. Why west is so concerned with china's internal matters???
China is no longer weak for the West to push around and China now has the ability to stand up for itself.

When a country is independent and not willing to be subservient to the West, they consider that country a 'threat' to the West.

Examples: Russia, China.
 

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