The legislation, which was adopted by the standing committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) on Thursday, establishes that no organization or individual may in any way slander or denounce the honor of the military, or insult or defame the reputation of the members of the armed forces, the state news agency Xinhua reported.
The new legislation also prohibits the desecration of license plates honoring military personnel.
Prosecutors may initiate public interest litigation in cases of defamation of the military and the violation of their rights and legitimate interests that have seriously affected the performance of their functions and missions and harmed the public interests of society, in accordance with the new law. .
The new law adds to a number of legal tools that already prohibit the defamation of revolutionary “martyrs,” including revisions to the country’s penal code and a 2018 Heroes and Martyrs Protection Act, the South China Morning Post reported, based in Hong Kong.
Commenting on the new law, Song Zhongping, a former PLA instructor and Hong Kong-based military affairs commentator, said the legislation that also covers the families of service personnel was intended to reinforce the Army’s sense of mission. People’s Liberation.
“Previously, our legal instruments were not complete and this new law will provide more comprehensive protection for the rights and honors of our soldiers,” Song told the Post.
“[We must recognise] that military conflicts in the future can be very intense, and it is very important to ensure that the military is well respected in society, ”he said.
On May 31, an Internet celebrity in China was sentenced for “defaming” Chinese soldiers killed in a clash with Indian troops in the Galwan Valley last year.
Qiu Ziming, who had more than 2.5 million followers, received an eight-month jail term, the state-run Global Times reported on June 1.
This was the first reported case of an accused suspect after China passed a new law in 2018 that stipulates that it is illegal to defame the country’s heroes and martyrs.
Qiu, known as “Labixiaoqiu” online, was also ordered to publicly apologize through major national portals and national media within 10 days to remove the negative impact, ruled a court in Nanjing, province of Jiangsu, in eastern China.
While the Indian Army quickly announced that 20 of its personnel were killed in the clash with Chinese soldiers on June 15 last year, it took the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) about eight months to reveal that it had lost to four of his military personnel and one. the officer was injured.