Fined for mocking
October 16th, 2006

The smh reports “the price of internet satire in China is going up.A major Chinese city is threatening to fine web surfers up to $US625 for online defamation amid a surge in short satirical YouTube-like internet videos, an official news report said Monday.The new rules enacted in Chongqing, an industrial city in China’s southwest, against “online defamation” come as Beijing tries to tighten control over the freewheeling internet.The rules target web users “who spread information or remarks defaming others, launch personal attacks or damage others’ reputations online,” the official Xinhua News Agency said.Potential violations include posting online video “to satirise others or social phenomena.”Video spoofs have become so popular that Chinese have coined a new slang term, “egao,” to describe the act of using real film clips to create mocking send ups”.

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