Liberation Daily: "False News" Problem Becoming Acute

May 3, 2005

According to an article in the Liberation Daily (published by the Shanghai Communist Party Committee), Chinese citizens are subject to "false news" on an almost daily basis, and that the problem has become so acute as to constitute a "severe social illness." The article goes on to say that the problem is so serious that those responsible for spreading "harmful rumors" will be subject to criminal prosecution. The article focuses primarily on defamation of public figures.