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[ NNSquad ] China: Where the crime of retweeting can land you in jail

China: Where the crime of retweeting can land you in jail

http://j.mp/19MgC1k  (Sidney Morning Herald)

   "They asked for his phone, interrogated him, conveyed him to the police
    station for further questioning and then locked him up in a detention
    centre.  His apparent crime? He was retweeted.  This is a novel
    transgression. Early this month, officials announced new regulations
    meant to rein in the allegedly rampant rumour-mongering that the
    government claims disrupts the harmonious development of China's
    internet.  Few in China believe the new rules are much more than the
    latest and most heavy-handed attempt to check online dissent and
    reassert government control over how China thinks, talks and tweets
    about its leaders. The terms stipulate that anyone whose message is
    retweeted more than 500 times on Chinese microblogs or is seen by more
    than 5000 online users can be subject to jail for up to three years if
    the original post turns out to be false. As tools of repression go,
    this is a powerful one, and Yang's experience - and the public outcry
    that followed it - highlight its strengths and limitations."

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Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren 
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