China’s Xinjiang to impose fines for fake or harmful news

China’s Xinjiang to impose fines for fake or harmful news China will fine anyone who spreads fake news in its western region of Xinjiang as part of new measures to maintain stability in an area prone to ethnic unrest, according to Reuters.

China says it faces a serious threat from separatist Islamist militants in Xinjiang, which borders central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and is home to the largely Muslim Uighur minority group.

The new rules, adopted by Xinjiang's regional parliament, allow for fines of as much as 500,000 yuan ($72,700) for website operators who create, compile, spread, release or copy information considered harmful or false.

The definition of such content includes anything "harmful to national security", "destructive of religious harmony", that "spreads ethnic hatred and division" or "seeks to overthrow the socialist system", the Communist Party's official paper, the People's Daily, reported on its website late on Wednesday.

Websites that break the rules could also be shut down while individuals can be fined up to 50,000 yuan.

The regulations, which go into effect on Saturday, aim to "prevent and punish the online spread of false news" that might "disturb social stability", the newspaper said.
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