Coronavirus: China introduces new law to stop online spread of negative news

Coronavirus: China introduces new law to stop online spread of negative news

- China has introduced new measures in a bid to clamp down on the spread of negative news online

- The Provisions on the Governance of the Online Information Content Ecosystem released the regulation on Sunday, March 1, 2020

- The new rule has however generated strong resistance from the Chinese nationals

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China has introduced new laws that prevent the online spread of negative news about the coronavirus epidemic.

The new rule implies that people can only post positive news about the outbreak online.

The rule, known as the Provisions on the Governance of the Online Information Content Ecosystem, was first announced in December 2019 and came into effect on Sunday, March 1, 2020.

Coronavirus: China introduces new law to stop online spread of negative news

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Online posts captured under the restriction include "dissemination of rumors," "disrupting economic or social order," and anything "destroying national unity."

Business Insider reports that the new law could serve as a platform to suppress news about the spread of the virus.

YEN.com.gh has gathered that China has already censored details about the outbreak from its citizens, and arrested several whistleblowers.

Coronavirus: China introduces new law to stop online spread of negative news

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Chinese nationals have, however, raised objections about the new law on social media.

A hashtag linked to the law was viewed over three million times on Monday, March 2, 2020, alone.

In other news, details of the government’s expenditure on consultancy services in the year 2018 have caused a stir online.

A Ghanaian professor of law and accounting, Professor Stephen Kwaku Asare, better known as Kwaku Azar, released details of the expenses online.

Coronavirus: China introduces new law to stop online spread of negative news

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In a post on social media that has since gone viral, he indicated that Ghana paid $204,325,225 for technical and management services in the year 2018.

This represents an over 400% increase as the country spent $39,946,317 on the same services the year before. "2018 was the Year of Consulting.

Your beloved country spent $204,325,225 on the payment of technical and management services. By way of comparison, $39,946,317 was spent in 2017.

Coronavirus: China introduces new law to stop online spread of negative news

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The over 400% increase, we are told, is due to more consultancy services paid during 2018. I’d like to see a listing of the consultants, the nature and benefit of the consultancy, and a value for money audit of each of those services. 128/1820 is a bona fide scam and sham. Da Yie!"

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