Offspring of martyr to get pay, apology
A court in Shaanxi province highlighted protection for heroes and martyrs as well as the need for regulated online behavior after ordering an internet company to compensate descendants of a former military leader.
On Friday, Yanta District People’s Court in the provincial capital Xi’an, ordered cartoon producer Xi’an Momo Information Technology to pay 100,000 yuan ($14,500) to family members of the late general Ye Ting for its harm to Ye’s reputation.
The company was also ordered to make a public apology via news media, according to the ruling.
“The verdict fully protects heroes and martyrs, and also aims to regulate online behaviors,” said Wang Nana, chief judge responsible for hearing the case. “The result will play a role in urging all internet operators and creators of online works to respect history.”
On May 8, the company’s online cartoon series Rage Comic uploaded a one-minute video clip on Toutiao, a Beijing-based streaming media provider, that made fun of Ye by parodying a poem written by the widely-respected general when he was in a Kuomintang prison.
The original word “freedom” in Ye’s poem was changed to “painless abortion” in the clip, making it similar to a medical advertisement. It infuriated the public while it was spread between May 8 and 16.