China Adopts New Law Banning Defamation of Military Personnel©

China Adopts New Law Banning Defamation of Military Personnel

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China has passed a new legislation that bans “defamation” of military personnel, adding an array of legal tools to its 2018 law under which a Chinese popular blogger was punished recently for “defaming” PLA soldiers killed in last year’s clash with the Indian Army at the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh. Also Read - List of Countries Where New Coronaviruses May be Found Soon, India Tops

The legislation, which was adopted by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) on Thursday, states that no organisation or individual may in any way slander or derogate the honour of servicemen, nor may they insult or slander the reputation of members of the armed forces, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Also Read - China Reports World's First Ever Human Infection of H10N1 Bird Flu

Prosecutors can file public interest litigation in cases of defamation of military personnel and the infringement on their legitimate rights and interests that have seriously affected their performance of duties and missions and damaged the public interests of society, according to the new law.