China just punished 197 people for spreading rumors online
Chinese police have “punished” 197 people for spreading what authorities call “rumours” about China online, including comments regarding the country’s recent stock market plunge and the Tianjin explosions.
The Xinhua new agency cited the Ministry of Public Security, reporting that 165 accounts had been closed down in relation to the violations, which “caused panic, misled the public and resulted in disorders in stock market or society.”
Besides the deleted accounts, it appears that journalists are also being targeted in the police-led rumour sweep. State media reports that Wang Xiaolu, a journalist with Caijing magazine, was detained for his reports on China’s stock market woes. Read more…