Law under review to protect honor of heroes

2018-04-26 01:48:33 GMT2018-04-26 09:48:33(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

BEIJING, April 25 (Xinhua) -- Chinese lawmakers are reviewing a draft law to protect the reputation and honor of heroes and martyrs, vowing to punish those who "glorify wars of invasion" and disturb the social order.

"People who profane the deeds and spirit of the heroes and martyrs and those who glorify wars or acts of invasion and disturb the social order shall be punished," according to the second draft law under review at the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee's bimonthly session running from Wednesday to Friday.

The legislation aims to promote patriotism and socialist core values, said the draft.

"China has had more than 20 million heroes and martyrs since the mid-19th century, many of whom remain anonymous," read Hu Keming with the NPC Constitution and Law Committee in a report to the lawmakers.

"The law aims to protect the heroes, martyrs and revolutionists who devoted and sacrificed themselves for the Chinese nation and the people since modern times", Hu said.

"All members of the society should honor them, learn from them and guard their reputation," the draft says.

The draft got its first reading in a bimonthly session of the top legislature last December. It requires Internet operators to speedily handle online information that infringes on heroes and martyrs.

In its second draft, the law says harmful information originating from overseas should be intercepted using technology or other necessary means.

Also to be banned is using radio, television and film products to violate the heroes and martyrs' rights of name, portrait, reputation and honor in public and on the Internet.

"After revisions, the NPC Constitution and Law Committee has suggested putting it to vote at this session," Hu said.

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