China ups the stakes on internet crimes

By Neasa MacErlean

17 September 2013 at 02:33 BST

Criticism made online of the Communist party in China can be deemed illegal, under new moves from the Chinese government.

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The Communist party's house magazine 'Seeking Truth' describes online criticism as 'defamation'. The move is party of a campaign being led by President Xi Jinping to stop calls for political reform being made via the internet. The new regulations are described by the government, says the Financial Times, as a way to 'achieve the good social effect of attacking the extremely small minority and educating the large majority' to 'standardise their online words and deeds'.


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