A Chinese blogger Qin Zhihui, 30,who was accused of spreading rumours about the government and celebrities has become the first blogger to be jailed since the government decided to crackdown on online bloggers .He was slammed with a 3 year jail sentence for ‘rumour mongering’.
According to China Post,they claim Qin & his 3 colleagues spread false reports that a foreign victim of the 2011 train crash received a £24million in compensation while denying equal payment to Chinese families.
The post was reposted more than 11,000 times with over 3,000 comments all lashing out at the government.
They also claim he sensationalized his headlines to drive traffic to websites,targeting public figures, such as retired major general Luo Yan, television personality Yang Lan , and Zhang Haidi, an advocate for the disabled.During his final judgement, he said:
“I don’t want to defend myself .I just want to say that I hope my experience is a lesson to other microbloggers.”