China passed a legislation banning defamation of military personnel
China has passed new legislation prohibiting "defamation" of military personnel, bolstering a 2018 law in which a prominent Chinese blogger was recently convicted for "defaming" PLA soldiers killed in a clash with the Indian Army in eastern Ladakh last year.
The legislation, which was approved by the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee on Thursday, states that no organisation or person can slander or derogate the honour of servicemen in any way, nor insult or slander the integrity of members of the armed forces, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.
The new law also prohibits the desecration of military memorial plaques.
According to the new legislation, prosecutors will file public interest lawsuits in cases of defamation of military personnel and infringements on their legitimate rights and interests that have seriously harmed their ability to fulfil their duties and missions while also harming society's public interests.
Song Zhongping, a former PLA instructor and Hong Kong-based military affairs commentator, said the new law was intended to strengthen the People's Liberation Army's sense of mission by covering families of service personnel.