For "defaming" Chinese troops, an internet celebrity in China was sentenced to eight months in prison.
Official Chinese media announced on Tuesday that an internet celebrity in China was sentenced to eight months in prison for "defaming" Chinese soldiers killed in a fight with Indian troops in the Galwan Valley last year, on China's Twitter-like social media platform Sina Weibo.
According to the state-run Global Times, Qiu Ziming, an internet celebrity with over 2.5 million followers, was sentenced to an eight-month prison sentence on Monday.
This is the first incident of a criminal being prosecuted since China passed a new law in 2018 making it illegal to defame the country's heroes and martyrs.
According to the daily, a court in Nanjing, East China's Jiangsu Province, ordered Qiu, also known online as "Labixiaoqiu," to publicly apologise via major domestic portals and the national media within 10 days to remove the negative effects.
Qiu had "truthfully admitted" to his crime, according to the judge, and had signed a guilty plea promising that he would never commit the crime again. As a result, it said, the sentence was lighter.