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Former journalist detained in China on suspicion of defaming war heroes: Report

China: Luo Changping made this comment while commenting on a patriotic film. (file)


A Chinese former journalist whose work exposes official corruption has been detained by police on suspicion of insulting “heroes and martyrs” of the Korean War after making comments about a patriotic film, state media reported.

According to screenshots of a social media post, which can no longer be accessed, Luo Changping said that the Chinese people “rarely reflect on justice” of the war, and a sentence to suggest the soldiers were fooled. used.

According to a notice shared on Weibo by official CCTV, police in the island province of Hainan detained Luo on suspicion of “violating the reputation and honor of heroes and martyrs”.

According to CCTV, Luo has confessed to his crime. He could not be reached for independent comment.

In a social media post, Luo was commenting on the patriotic film “The Battle at Lake Changjin” released on 30 September and starring actor Wu Jing.

“Public security organs will strictly investigate and punish such violations,” the police notice said. In a recent case, a defendant was sentenced to eight months in prison for a similar offense.

The ruling Communist Party has long held a tight grip on its history, its legitimacy based on victory over the Japanese forces in World War II and the Nationalists to end China’s civil war in 1949.

Luo’s work as a journalist included reporting on a former deputy director at China’s state planning body, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for corruption in 2014. He received an award from Transparency International in 2013 for his work.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NB staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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