Draft law gives Chinese police control of online discussion on disasters

China’s county-level police will be able to censor internet coverage of natural and man-made disasters, according to a revised draft of the country’s policing law that the Chinese Public Security Bureau released late on Thursday. China reports a high rate of accidents and natural disasters every year due its vast geography and its relatively low public safety and building standards. Incidents are often met with an outpouring of public grief and anger that the authorities seek to contain using internet controls and state-media coverage focusing on successful relief work.

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