China detains teen for going viral - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

China detains teen for going viral

Updated: 9/19/2013 3:42:33 PM
image courtesy of Digital Trends image courtesy of Digital Trends
  • More NewsMore>>

  • Catholic school teacher layoffs hinge on enrollment

    Catholic school teacher layoffs hinge on enrollment

    Teachers in the Lumen Christi school system are waiting to learn if they will return to their classrooms in the fall.This is the first year six valley schools are united under the Lumen Christi Catholic School System, which began as plan to streamline resources and grow the schools. It consists of St. Patrick, St. Nicholas, St. Joseph and Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Christine, St. Charles and St. Luke. Both Holy Family and St. Christine also offer early childhood programs t...More >>
    Teachers in the Lumen Christi school system are waiting to learn if they will return to their classrooms in the fall.This is the first year six valley schools are united under the Lumen Christi Catholic School System, which began as plan to streamline resources and grow the schools. It consists of St. Patrick, St. Nicholas, St. Joseph and Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Christine, St. Charles and St. Luke. Both Holy Family and St. Christine also offer early childhood programs t...More >>
  • Former Trumbull County special deputy jailed in Youngstown

    Former Trumbull County special deputy jailed in Youngstown

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:21 PM EDT2014-04-23 03:21:39 GMT
    Gregory OakesGregory Oakes
    A former Trumbull County special deputyhas been booked into the Mahoning County jail for allegedly running a private security business without a valid license.Eight misdemeanor counts were filed in Youngstown Municipal Court on on Tuesday against 51-year-old Gregory Oakes of Warren.Oakes pleaded not guilty to three similar charges filed in Warren Municipal Court on Tuesday.Earlier this month, Oakes pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of forgery and tampering with records following his indi...More >>
    A former Trumbull County special deputyhas been booked into the Mahoning County jail for allegedly running a private security business without a valid license.Eight misdemeanor counts were filed in Youngstown Municipal Court on on Tuesday against 51-year-old Gregory Oakes of Warren.Oakes pleaded not guilty to three similar charges filed in Warren Municipal Court on Tuesday.Earlier this month, Oakes pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of forgery and tampering with records following his indi...More >>
  • Tressel one of three finalists for Akron University president

    Tressel one of three finalists for Akron University president

    The University of Akron has narrowed the field of candidates for president to three names, including former Ohio State and Youngstown State football coach Jim Tressel, who is also one of 38 people who have applied for the vacancy of YSU president.U of A Trustees issued a statement on Tuesday naming the three finalists, who up until now were on a list of fifteen candidates for the Akron job.The finalists are:Ronald A. Nykiel, Ph.D. Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at the Universi...More >>
    The University of Akron has narrowed the field of candidates for president to three names, including former Ohio State and Youngstown State football coach Jim Tressel, who is also one of 38 people who have applied for the vacancy of YSU president.U of A Trustees issued a statement on Tuesday naming the three finalists, who up until now were on a list of fifteen candidates for the Akron job.The finalists are:Ronald A. Nykiel, Ph.D. Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at the Universi...More >>


By Kate Knibbs
Provided by

China recently tightened restrictions on people who use the Internet, and introduced penalties for bloggers whose dissident or illegal posts go viral. And already, one teenager is paying the price. Police in Zhangjiachuan County, Gansu province, detained a 16-year-old named Yang for “disrupting social order.”

According to the Beijing Times via Quartz, Yang wrote posts on Chinese social media giant Weibo about a death in the community that had gone under-reported. He believed the police investigation to be unjust and blogged about his issues with the way they handled the situation. The victim was found outside of a karaoke bar with head wounds and died before police arrived at the scene, and his death was reported as accidental. Family members suspected something was amiss, and the police said they were spreading false information about the circumstances of the death.

The new Chinese law makes it illegal to post false information if it is harmful to others, and calls for the arrest of people who post false information that is re-tweeted 500 times or seen by more than 5,000 people. While the Beijing Times noted that it didn’t appear that Yang’s posts were re-blogged that many times, they did contain false information, since he identified the legal representative of the karaoke bar where the body was found as a court official, while that was not the case (it was the wife of a police officer).

Yang isn’t the only person in trouble as a result of these new laws. Well known Chinese-American blogger Charles Xue was arrested for hiring a prostitute three weeks ago, but many suspect the real reason for his detainment is his liberal blog posts. And there’s a lot to be suspicious about; Chinese state television broadcast Xue’s so-called confession, in which he railed, in handcuffs, against the destructive forces… of micro-blogging. The out-of-character and likely coerced speech indicates Chinese officials mean to curb blogging critical of the party line through intimidation.

This article was originally posted on Digital Trends

Content provided by
INFORMATIONAL DISCLAIMER The information contained on or provided through this site is intended for general consumer understanding and education only and is not intended to be and is not a substitute for professional financial or accounting advice. Always seek the advice of your accountant or other qualified personal finance advisor for answers to any related questions you may have. Use of this site and any information contained on or provided through this site is at your own risk and any information contained on or provided through this site is provided on an "as is" basis without any representations or warranties.
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms