Internet Rumors Outlawed in China
Internet users living in southwest China will now have to watch their mouths, or their fingers in this case, when they're writing online. A new legislation was recently passed by the Chinese government outlawing rumor spreading using the Internet. Offenders could be fined between 1,000 and 5,000 Yuan ($630USD), and may also have to spend some time in detention to atone for their crime. Organizations picking up and publishing outlawed content will also have to pay fines of 3,000 to 15,000 Yuan.
The report comes after a Chinese court jailed dissident writer Guo Qizhen for four years on Tuesday for inciting subversion over anti-government essays he posted online.
China must not be a very nice country to live in for bloggers. Since blogging is all about freedom of speech, what could a blogger write about in such a country?