China implements new law to punish those who defame military personnel

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Chinese prosecutors can sue for defamation of military personnel

Beijing:

China has passed new legislation that prohibits the “defamation” of military personnel, adding a series of legal tools to its 2018 law under which a popular Chinese blogger was recently punished for “defaming” military personnel. ‘APL killed in last year’s clash with the Indian army in Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh.

The legislation, which was passed by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) on Thursday, stipulates that no organization or person may in any way slander or undermine the honor of the military, or insult or slander the military. reputation of members of the armed forces, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.

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The new legislation also prohibits the desecration of plaques in honor of military personnel. Prosecutors may initiate public interest prosecutions in cases of defamation of military personnel and infringement of their rights and legitimate interests which have seriously affected the performance of their functions and missions and harmed the public interests of the company, according to the new law.

The new law adds to a series of legal tools that already ban defamation of revolutionary “martyrs”, including revisions to the country’s penal code, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.

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Commenting on the new law, Song Zhongping, a former PLA instructor and Hong Kong-based military affairs commentator, said the legislation that also covers military families was intended to strengthen the People’s Army’s sense of mission. release.

“Previously, our legal instruments were not complete and this new law will provide more comprehensive protection of the rights and honors of our soldiers,” Song told the Post.

“We have to recognize that military conflicts in the future could be very intense, and it is very important to ensure that the military is well respected in society,” he said.

On May 31, an internet celebrity in China was convicted of “defaming” Chinese soldiers killed in a clash with Indian troops in Galwan last year.

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Qiu Ziming, who had more than 2.5 million followers, was sentenced to eight months in prison, state newspaper Global Times reported on June 1. It was the first reported case of an indicted suspect after China passed a new law in 2018 that made it illegal to defame the country’s heroes.

Qiu, known as “Labixiaoqiu” online, was also ordered to apologize publicly through major national portals and national media within 10 days, a court in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province said. (east of China).

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