China adopts new law banning defamation of military personnel – News Vibe24

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    BEIJING: China has passed a new law banning “defamation” of military personnel, adding a number of legal tools to its 2018 law, according to which a popular Chinese blogger was recently punished for “defamation” of PLA soldiers killed in last year’s clash with the Indian Army in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh.
    The legislation, approved by the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee on Thursday, states that no organization or individual can in any way slander or deviate from the honor of soldiers, nor insult or slander the reputation of soldiers. members of the armed forces, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.
    The new law also prohibits the defecation of plaques in honor of military personnel.
    Prosecutors can file public interest litigation in cases of defamation of military personnel and violations of their legal rights and interests that have seriously affected the performance of their duties and missions and harmed the public interest of society under the new law.
    The new law adds a number of legal tools that already prohibit defamation of revolutionary “witnesses,” including revisions to the country’s penal code and the 2018 Heroes and Witnesses Protection Act, the South China Morning Post reported in Hong Kong.
    Commenting on the new law, Song Zhongping, a former PLA trainer and military commentator based in Hong Kong, said the legislation, which also covers the families of service personnel, was intended to enhance the sense of the People’s Liberation Army mission.
    “Previously, our legal instruments were incomplete and this new law will provide more comprehensive protection for the rights and honors of our soldiers,” Song told the Post.
    «[We must recognise] “Military conflicts in the future could be very intense, and ensuring the army’s respect in society is very important,” he said.
    On May 31, an Internet celebrity in China was convicted of “defaming” Chinese soldiers killed in clashes with Indian troops in the Galvan Valley last year.
    Qiu Ziming, who had more than 2.5 million followers, was sentenced to eight months in prison, state-owned Global Times reported on June 1.
    This was the first reported case of an accused suspect since China passed a new law in 2018, which states that it is illegal to discredit the country’s heroes and witnesses.
    Qiu, known as “Labixiaoqiu” on the Internet, was also ordered to apologize publicly through major domestic portals and the national media within 10 days to eliminate the negative impact, a court in Nanjing, East China’s Jiangsu Province, has ruled.
    While the Indian Army quickly announced that 20 of its personnel had been killed in clashes with Chinese soldiers on June 15 last year, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) took about eight months to reveal that it had lost four of its military personnel and one the officer was injured.

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