Top court pledges to pro­tect honor of war he­roes

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By XIN­HUA

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.

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