China’s cyber regulators have set up a hotline to report online comments that slander the ruling Communist Party and its history, and have vowed to crack down on “historic nihilists” ahead of the Communist Party’s 100th anniversary in July.
With the chipline, people “distort” the party’s history, attack its leadership and policies, slander national heroes, and report online “denying the excellence of advanced socialist culture” fellow netizens. can. Friday China (CAC).
“Some people have spread historic nihilistic misrepresentations online, maliciously distorting, defaming, and denying the party’s history,” the notice said.
“We hope that the majority of Internet users will be actively involved in social oversight and willingly report harmful information,” he said.
“Historical nihilism” is a phrase used in China to explain public suspicion and skepticism about the explanation of past events of the Chinese Communist Party.
China’s Internet is severely censored and most foreign social media networks, search engines and news outlets are banned in China.
Internet authorities often enhance censorship and online supervision prior to major events such as historic anniversaries, political rallies, and sporting events.
The notice did not specify what punishment would be imposed on those reported through the hotline, but Chinese netizens posted content critical of the county’s leadership, policies and history. You are already facing imprisonment and other legal penalties for doing so.
A law amendment announced earlier this year stipulates that those who “insult and slander” the memories of Chinese national heroes and martyrs face up to three years in prison.
Last week, officials in Jiangsu Province, eastern China, detained a 19-year-old man after making online “insulting” comments about Japan’s occupation of Nanjing in 1937.
Chinese social media sites that have failed to censor critical content are also facing economic sanctions as well as temporary suspension of services under current law.
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China launches hotline to report that netizens slander “illegal” comments
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