Hebei Police Explains Reason for “Woman Asks If There Was a Murder” Arrest
China News Service September 1 report – In response to the matter of a Hebei province Qinghe county woman posting online “I heard a murder happened in Louzhuang, does anyone know the facts [of what happened]?” and being administratively detained for it, the Qinghe county Public Security Bureau Political Office Head Hou Xingjun claimed on the 1st that at present, rumor-starting netizen Zhao X (female, 20 years old) has already been administratively detained for 5 days by police in accordance with the law. At the same time, he reminds the masses of netizens not to easily trust and spread internet rumors without evidence, and if it disturbs public order, police will handle it in accordance with the law.
August 28th, media reports claimed that Heibei province Qinghe county police authorities discovered a message posted by a netizen named “宁05021” on the Baidu Post Bar [discussion forum] “Qinghe Bar” [subforum] claiming: “I heard a murder happened in Louzhuang, does anyone know the facts [of what happened]?” This message was quickly clicked on [viewed] about 1000 times and was spread by some of people in the county, seriously disturbing society’s public order, inciting panic among the people. Police quickly confirmed the identity of the rumor-started and placed her in administrative detention.
After this matter was reported, it attracted the attention of many netizens, with many netizens expressing that one must be careful when posting on the internet in the future and not rashly forward/spread information without a basis/evidence. At the same time, there were also netizens who believe the police overreacted, that it is a bit of an injustice to arrest something for simply making a post.
In regards to this, Hou Xingjun said on the evening of August 26 that Qinghe county Public Security Bureau police officers discovered netizen “宁05021” had made a post “I heard a murder happened in Louzhuang, does anyone know the facts [of what happened]?” on the local discussion forum, that the message was quickly viewed around 1000 times, inciting many many netizens who don’t know the facts to engage in conjecture, and at the same time, the matter was spread amongst the county’s people, inciting a public panic.
After police discovered the message, it was verified as an internet rumor, the rumor having severely disturb the local public order, causing panic amongst the masses, and so the police acted in accordance with the relevant laws and regulations in administratively detaining the rumor-starting netizen Zhao X (female, 20 years old) for 5 days. (End)
(Original title: Woman Who Asked “Was There a Murder” on Discussion Forum Arrested, Police Explain It Was Lawfully Handled)
Comments from NetEase:
That woman makes a post and I feel absolutely nothing. Why don’t you as the Public Security Bureau just respond? Instead, what you people did is what makes me feel panic.
If we say violence and lies are two legs, when lies already lose their effectiveness, when lies themselves need violence to maintain them, it means one leg is already broken, foretelling that it is not long until the final collapse happens.
I heard a murder happened abroad, does anyone know the facts [of what happened]?
This action of the police is what really incites panic amongst the people!
Don’t ask, don’t tell, pretending to be deaf and mute is the safest.
I heard that Tianyi is a minor, does anyone know?
I heard Tianjin is about to rain…does anyone know if it’s true?
I heard the United States is going to attack Syria, is it true?
Does China have corrupt officials? I say no!
丫ellow [网易广东省广州市天河区手机网友]： (responding to above)
[The person above] is starting a rumor!
Those who don’t know may not ask, and those who do know also may not tell.
The more rumors a place has just proves that place’s government is most lacking in public credibility.
NetEase should close the comments, otherwise everyone posting comments will be arrested!
The police are all fucking eating shit [good for nothing]. With so many people guilty of murder, rapes, robberies, and corruption remaining free and not arrested, but when someone simply asks a question looking for confirmation, you’re TM fucking faster than a rocket. Bastards.
If I were to curse you saying “fuck your mother” but end up not going to fuck [your mother], does that count as starting a rumor? Will you arrest me?
How does someone asking a question become starting a rumor?!
Strongly demand that the person be released/freed! If today they can arbitrarily arrest so-called rumor-mongers, tomorrow they’ll be able to arbitrarily arrest people who tell the truth! It could be you, me, or others! No one can escape! Defend freedom of speech, when it comes to our living environment, every person should be concerned, everyone should speak out! If today we choose silence, those who suffer disaster tomorrow may be ourselves! [This comment was copied and pasted by multiple commenters.]
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