Video blogger from Haikou, Hainan Island, China, arrested and fined for spreading rumors about robbery

On August 15, 2018, the Sanya City police conducted an investigation into the spread of rumors about robbery and an attack on a woman with a knife, as a result of an investigation a video blogger from Haikou Zeng Molin was sentenced to administrative detention for 10 days and a fine of five hundred yuan.

It is reported that this video blogger posted a video that allegedly on the evening of August 13, 2018, a woman in Sanya was attacked with a knife and robbed her, the video spread widely in local social networks and caused widespread concern in the community.

Police of Sanya immediately checked this video and found out that there are no such cases in Sanya, the video report actually refers to the city of Leshan in Sichuan province at 22:00 on August 12, 2018.
On August 14, 2018, the police arrested the video blogger Zeng Molin in Haikou.

On August 15, the Sanya police imposed an administrative detention for 10 days and imposed a fine of 500 on the basis of the first paragraph of Article 25 of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Administrative Offenses.

The police reminded that the Internet is not a place of extra-legal legislation. Article 291 of the Penal Code of the People's Republic of China clearly states: the creation of false dangers, epidemics, natural disasters and police situations, the dissemination of information in information networks or other mass media, if the above false information is intentionally extended to the information network or other media and seriously violates public order, the perpetrator can be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than three years, criminal detention or counter Liu, if they caused serious consequences, he shall be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not less than three years and not more than seven years.

Article 25 of the Law on Public Security Sanctions of the People's Republic of China states that if rumors, false reports, epidemics, warnings or other methods are used only for deliberate violation of public order, violators should be detained for at least five days and not more than ten days. A fine of not more than five hundred yuan is imposed, if the circumstances are relatively minor, detention should be imposed for less than five days or a fine not exceeding five hundred yuan.

Please do not arbitrarily publish, distribute or transmit unconfirmed or even rumored information and video materials. Public security authorities will seriously fulfill their legal duties with respect to the production and dissemination of rumors and deliberate violation of public order.