Shenyang court jails resident for attacking Muslims online

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/12/18 13:36:07

A court in Shenyang, Northeast China's Liaoning Province sentenced a resident to two years and six months in jail for attacking Islam and Muslims online.

According to the verdict published in late November by the Heping district People's Court in Shenyang, Li Zhidong, an ethnic Han, was charged with inciting ethnic hatred after he set up a website and online chat groups and posted pictures and articles attacking Muslims from April 2009 to June 2016.

Several Muslims reported Li to local authorities.

The verdict said that Li's behavior violated the principle of ethnic equality and negatively impacted society.

Li was detained in September 2009 for inciting ethnic hatred, but later released on bail. However, he was arrested again for the same charge in June 2016, the verdict read.

China's top legislature adopted the Cybersecurity Law in 2016, which states that any online activity that undermines national unity is prohibited. The law also forbids activities such as inciting ethnic hatred, discrimination and spreading violent and obscene content online.

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