Top court pledges to protect honor of war heroes
China’s top court has pledged to protect the reputation and honor of the country’s war heroes in accordance with the law to “uphold socialist core values”.
The Supreme People’s Court on Wednesday published five examples of lawsuits involving derogatory or humiliating comments about China’s famous war heroes.
The cases include one in which a local court in Beijing ordered an internet celebrity and a beverage maker to apologize to the family of deceased war hero Qiu Shaoyun for micro blog posts that the court said infringed on Qiu’s rights to reputation and honor.
Qiu, who was burned to death while trying to protect his troop’s position in an ambush mission, was flippantly mocked by the defendants.
Another case involved a court ruling against a magazine’s former chief editor, who called into question facts surrounding “The Five Warriors of Mount Langya-shan”, a famous group of Chinese war heroes who jumped off a cliff when fighting against Japanese invaders during World War II.
Cheng Xinwen, a senior civil tribunal justice of the SPC, said the cases are important for the upholding of personal reputation and honor of the heroes themselves, as well as socialist core values.
Publishing these cases is intended to illustrate the essence of socialist core values and encourage the public to respect the country’s heroes, learn from them and care for them, Cheng said.
Cheng cited social mores in the protection of deceased heroes’ reputations.
Warning that the freedom of academic research and speech should have boundaries, the judge added that ordinary academic issues are not within the judiciary’s power, thus the courts are required to exert careful discretion in relevant cases.
Cheng further explained the general principles regarding trials for slander and infringement via online media.