New rules govern Chinese web posts

New rules govern Chinese web posts
New rules govern Chinese web posts

New rules govern Chinese web posts

In China, new rules governing the internet kicked in earlier this month, thanks to a recent judicial interpretation. Now, people who post “defamatory comments” online reaching more than 5,000 readers or achieving more than 500 reposts could receive up to three years behind bars, according to China’s Xinhua news. But free speech advocates say the laws are vague and have dangerous implications. Maya Wang, a researcher with Human Rights Watch’s Asia Division, walks us through the new penalties. (Photo: WikiCommons)