Man detained for 10 days after insulting slain policeman on social media

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/9/25 18:28:39

Police in Xi'an, northwest China's Shaanxi province, detained a man surnamed Li on Saturday for posting insults against a policeman on Sina Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter.

The post is related to an auxiliary policeman named Yang Qiang from Jiange County, southwest China's Sichuan Province, who was killed in the line of duty.

Li was caught after he was reported to the police by other Sina Weibo users who saw his post under the Weibo username "maibang chuguiyigui". Li confessed to his guilt to the police.

Yang and another police officer were injured when they fought with a suspect on September 19. Yang was stabbed and died despite treatment in hospital and his colleague suffered facial injuries, according to earlier reports.

The 42nd article of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Penalties for Administration of Public Security stipulates that "a person shall be detained for not less than five days but not more than 10 days" for "openly humiliating another person or slandering another person by fabricating stories."

The number of Weibo's monthly active users had increased to 340 million in the first quarter of the year.

However, some groups of Weibo accounts, known as "marketing accounts", resort to drastic measures such as slandering celebrities, spreading rumors and publishing fake news to accumulate multitudes of followers.

Weibo further demanded its users verify their accounts with their real names in September.

Global Times

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