When does speech become a crime? Does it matter if one ‘speaks’ across the internet instead of the mails? How about a telephone?
The SPC and SPP issued this interpretation to try and clarify some of these issues, and the results may surprise you. Be Careful what you say on your information networks, it might be well be defamation, provocation or blackmail.
The SPC’s Executive Vice-president, Shen Deyong, made waves saying that for the sake preventing wrongful convictions , it would be better to let an guilty man walk than have an innocent man be punished. The SPP’s Deputy-Chief, Zhu Xiaoqing says not on his watch, citing the unrealistic pressures this would put on police and prosecutors, and the unintended ways it would impact their behavior.