I don’t like to advocate litigation for online rumor-mongering, but I might make an exception in this case.
Online defamation and copyright infringement are everywhere these days. But how do you sue someone in China if all you have is a username?
The scourge of foreign media bias is a troubling one. Lord knows I fight against it from this page. But shouldn’t stronger measures be taken?
You all remember that incident in Shenzhen where the midwife was accused of sewing up a patient’s rectum because her husband was stingy with the tip? It was an open-and-shut case.
The new draft regulations, a knee-jerk response to the recent Tencent-Qihoo fight, run the gamut from defamation to data privacy to unfair competition. If MIIT wanted to muddy the IT legal waters and invite an agency turf battle, this is perfect legislation.
Balancing the rights of journalists against those guilty of defamation might not be easy.
It’s tough being a Chinese journalist these days. They’re being intimidated, beat up, and threatened with arrest. Will new defamation rules help?