Pub­lic se­cu­rity min­is­ter vows to guide opin­ions

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA - By Zhao Yusha

China’s pub­lic se­cu­rity min­is­ter has vowed to guide man­age­ment of pub­lic opin­ion on sen­si­tive cases and pre­vent hyp­ing of such cases, the Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity said in a Tues­day state­ment.

Chi­nese State Councilor Zhao Kezhi, also min­is­ter of pub­lic se­cu­rity, said at a video con­fer­ence held on Mon­day that to pre­vent chal­lenges to po­lit­i­cal se­cu­rity and so­cial sta­bil­ity, “we should man­age them when they are small, and at an early stage,” the state­ment said.

Faced with sen­si­tive cases, the gov­ern­ment should also strengthen its guid­ance of pub­lic opin­ion to pre­vent es­ca­la­tion and hyp­ing of these is­sues, Zhao was quoted as say­ing in the state­ment re­leased on the min­istry’s of­fi­cial WeChat ac­count.

When such is­sues oc­cur, lo­cal gov­ern­ments some­times chose not to re­spond at all or waited un­til the last minute af­ter the event trig­gered wide­spread pub­lic fury, Wang Sixin, a me­dia law pro­fes­sor at the Bei­jing-based Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Uni­ver­sity of China, told the Global Times on Tues­day.

“This has be­come a new risk that chal­lenges gov­ern­ment cred­i­bil­ity with the pub­lic,” Wang said.

Such a sit­u­a­tion was per­ilous and could soon evolve into a cri­sis that en­dan­gered so­cial sta­bil­ity, he warned.

“In the in­ter­net era, a quick and ef­fec­tive re­sponse is bet­ter than no re­sponse or even block­ing the in­for­ma­tion,” Wang said.

In Novem­ber last year, a Bei­jing res­i­dent spread ru­mors on WeChat about a mil­i­tary reg­i­ment col­lec­tively in­volved in mo­lest­ing chil­dren in the in­fa­mous RYB Ed­u­ca­tion kinder­garten child abuse case.

Later the po­lice cleared the ru­mor and de­tained the ru­mor­mon­ger.

To main­tain so­cial sta­bil­ity, Zhao also vowed at the video con­fer­ence to in­ten­sify man­age­ment of so­ci­ety in gen­eral, en­hance pa­trols of heav­ily pop­u­lated ar­eas and crack down on crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties.

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