(TargetLiberty.org) – China is not known for being a country of personal freedoms. The government has its hands in almost every aspect of its citizens’ lives. Recently, it launched a program that could tighten control and further censor those who live within its borders.
On April 9, China’s internet regulator launched a hotline that allows people to report online comments that criticize the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its history. An agency within the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said that the hotline will allow the government to crack down on “historical nihilists” who might be attacking CCP’s leadership, heroes, and “deny the excellence of advanced socialist culture.”
China's cyber regulator has launched a hotline to report online comments that defame the ruling Communist Party and its history, vowing to crack down on 'historical nihilists' ahead of the party's 100th anniversary in Julyhttps://t.co/qHGrDEaXPC
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The crackdown comes as the country approaches the 100th anniversary of the CCP. Chinese social media sites are expected to censor critical comments. People who are convicted of speaking out against “China’s national heroes and martyrs” can face up to three years in jail.
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