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Xuzhou Legislates to Tackle "Human Flesh Searches"

Xinhuanet.com, 1/19/09

The city of Xuzhou in Jiangsu province has introduced a fine of up to RMB 5,000 for individuals who publish or otherwise provide online the personal details of other individuals. The move is aimed to combat "human flesh searches", a term that refers to the increasingly frequent phenomenon of online crowds gathering via China's bulletin board systems, chat rooms, and instant messaging to collaborate towards serving certain individuals with lynch-mob-like justice (often by publishing online the various perceived indiscretions of the individual, along with his/her name, address, and various other items of personal information). The fine will come into effect on June 1, 2009.

Editor's Note: For background on one of China's better known "human flesh search" cases, please see "Court Awards Emotional Damages to 'Human Flesh Search' Victim", MD 9/26/08 issue.

Keywords: human flesh search Internet Jiangsu Xuzhou penalty regulation law

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