New ‘ter­ror­ism’ draft law reg­u­lates me­dia cov­er­age

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Chi­nese law­mak­ers are re­view­ing draft leg­is­la­tion on the na­tion’s first counter-ter­ror­ism law.

Ac­cord­ing to the new draft, ter­ror­ism is de­fined as any propo­si­tion or ac­tiv­ity -- that, by means of violence, sab­o­tage or threat, gen­er­ates so­cial panic, un­der­mines pub­lic se­cu­rity, in­fringes per­sonal and property rights, and men­aces gov­ern­ment or­gans and in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions -- with the aim to re­al­ize cer­tain po­lit­i­cal and ide­o­log­i­cal pur­pose.

In a sep­a­rate clause, it said no in­sti­tu­tions or in­di­vid­u­als shall fab­ri­cate and dis­sem­i­nate in­for­ma­tion on forged ter­ror­ist in­ci­dents, re­port on or dis­sem­i­nate de­tails of ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties that might lead to im­i­ta­tion, nor pub­lish scenes of cru­elty and in­hu­man­ity in ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties.

None, ex­cept news me­dia with ap­proval from coun­tert­er­ror­ism au­thor­i­ties in charge of in­for­ma­tion dis­tri­bu­tion, shall re­port on or dis­sem­i­nate the per­sonal de­tails of on-scene work­ers, hostages or au­thor­i­ties’ re­sponse ac­tiv­i­ties.

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