TV Host Pronounced Innocent of Defamation


Beijing court pronounced journalist and TV host Cui Yongyuan innocent of defamation, though as a public figure he ought to have avoided using vulgar language, launching characters attacks, and infringing on the reputation of popular science writer Fang Shimin. The court ruled that Cui was innocent on the basis that public figures have a certain duty to tolerate public criticisms. Cui has written that Fang is a “liar, cheater, thief” and “gang leader for internet hooligans,” while Fang has called Cui a “mad dog” and a “liar anytime he opens his mouth.” The dispute began with disagreements over the consumption and production of GM food in China.

Source: Netease

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