Off­spring of mar­tyr to get pay, apol­ogy

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Holiday - By CAO YIN caoyin@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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.

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