China’s new draft law redefines ‘terrorism’, regulates media coverage

(From China Daily)

Chinese lawmakers on Monday began reviewing the draft legislation on the nation’s first counter-terrorism law.

An armed paramilitary policeman checks a mock hijacker during an anti-terrorism drill on plane hijacking, on a passenger jet at the Beijing Capital International Airport on Dec 3

An armed paramilitary policeman checks a mock hijacker during an anti-terrorism drill on plane hijacking, on a passenger jet at the Beijing International Airport

The draft, tabled for a third reading at the ongoing bimonthly session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, is China’s latest attempt to address terrorism at home and help maintain world security.

One notable change in Monday’s text is an updated definition of the term “terrorism.”

According to the new draft, terrorism is defined as any proposition or activity — that, by means of violence, sabotage or threat, generates social panic, undermines public security, infringes personal and property rights, and menaces government organs and international organizations — with the aim to realize certain political and ideological purpose.

In a separate clause, it said no institutions or individuals shall fabricate and disseminate information on forged terrorist incidents, report on or disseminate details of terrorist activities that might lead to imitation, nor publish scenes of cruelty and inhumanity in terrorist activities. Read More



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