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China renews push for control of internet

•, By Tom Phillips
  Micro-bloggers who peddle "false information" or "slanderous comments" will face up to three years in prison, according to a judicial interpretation issued by China's top court which came into force on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, those found guilty of using "false online information" to provoke "serious public disorder", could face jail terms of up to 10 years, the state-run China Daily reported.

Charges would be brought if "defamatory" comments were "viewed by at least 5,000 internet users or re-tweeted 500 or more times", according to China's official news agency Xinhua.

Sun Jungong, a spokesman for the Supreme People's Court and Procuratorate, said the interpretation was aimed at rumour mongers who "gravely harmed social order or the national interest" by "causing a mass incident, disturbing public order and inciting ethnic and religious conflicts."

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