China detains 10 people for spreading online rumours 'damaging image of military'

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China detains 10 people for spreading online rumours damaging image of military - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Chinese authorities have detained 10 people for spreading rumours online that have damaged the military's image, the country's defence ministry says.

The so-called rumours included talk of the presence of gangs and infighting in the defence force.

Those detained had been investigated by military and public security departments for spreading rumours on China's internet forums and mobile messaging apps, the Ministry of National Defence said in a notice on its website on Saturday.

"Using the internet to create and spread rumours about the military is illegal and we will continue to investigate and crackdown on this," the ministry said.

"We hope that internet users will abide by the law."

It said all 10 people detained had confessed to fabricating stories and expressed remorse after they underwent "education" and "administrative detention", a term that normally applies to 15 days behind bars.

The ministry did not release their names, but gave the family names of three as Deng, Wang and Hao.

The military has been one of the main focal points of Chinese president Xi Jinping's sweeping crackdown on deep-seated corruption, with several senior officers caught in the net.

The latest detentions, however, show the Communist Party's growing determination to control information about alleged official misbehaviour to avert triggering public dissatisfaction.

Last month, Chinese authorities detained and fined a person for spreading rumours online that several high-ranking naval officers were being investigated for corruption, according to the website of the Communist Party's official People's Daily.
 

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While I was reading that I had a flashback to Animal Farm, and what people use to think about communism during the Cold War. Maybe even a little bit of Brave New World. I'm just going to come out and say it...
The world is mimicking a terrible made for TV movie. And by terrible, I mean they didnt have the budget to hire a screenwriter who could explain everything so that it makes sense.
 

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I would imagine that this will have gone on a lot of times in countries such as China. It's only now that we're getting to hear about these kind of practices.

I'm sure in the coming weeks and months, as the world starts to look at China in particular, we're going to be seeing a lot more of this type of thing.
 

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I'm actually surprised our government hasn't been shoving it down our throats this entire time. That what we were taught about all communist countries when I was in school. They loved to try to make us feel like we're lucky to be American.
 

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Well China's society has its laws and rules and if these individuals knowingly disregard them then let them face the consequences. China is the biggest communist nation and at the same time the biggest US trading partner. America will not say much about any injustices in China because they need China to survive economically.
 

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Being this oppressive to the people is in a good idea eventually they will wise up and they will put themselves in a position to overthrow the regime that has been nothing but overly aggressive. Censorship of the people is in a good idea over time their frustrations will reach a level beyond control.
 

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I also think the media will play a key role in what we find out and what we don't when it comes to China aswell.

Not many reporter's are going to risk their own lives just for the sake of telling the world exactly what is happening in China, so they'll continue to get away with a lot.
 

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Well China's society has its laws and rules and if these individuals knowingly disregard them then let them face the consequences. China is the biggest communist nation and at the same time the biggest US trading partner. America will not say much about any injustices in China because they need China to survive economically.
I've read over what you wrote and it hits a nerve with me. Not because it was written by you, and not because its false. But... When you say they broke the law and to let them face the consequences... That's kind of the exact opposite of how I feel about it. Just because something is the law doesn't mean it can't be really, really wrong. People with agendas write the laws, people who don't think they should be subject to the law that will govern the rest of the country. There are a number of laws I have disobeyed. And I'm sure I'm not done yet, either. But sometimes you have to take a stand for what you believe in, legal or not.
 

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I also think the media will play a key role in what we find out and what we don't when it comes to China aswell.

Not many reporter's are going to risk their own lives just for the sake of telling the world exactly what is happening in China, so they'll continue to get away with a lot.

I think that's the crux of the matter really, the fear of what might happen if you were to report on such practices. What happens in China stays in China, eh?
 

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Well China's society has its laws and rules and if these individuals knowingly disregard them then let them face the consequences. China is the biggest communist nation and at the same time the biggest US trading partner. America will not say much about any injustices in China because they need China to survive economically.
Muslim countries also have their rules but when people disobey them, we call them freedom fighters and we call their punishment evil and blah, not "let them face the consequences".

So obviously, the most important part is not the sovereignty of a nation, it's the part where America needs China to make business. Ethics have nothing to do with it.
 

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I do think it makes a big difference what links a country has to others. It's very easy to condemn a country if your not relying on them.
 
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