Qin Zhihui stood trial today on charges of “rumor mongering” at the Chaoyang District People’s Court in Beijing after he was arrested last year for “fabricating and spreading online rumors”, the topics of which ranged from Guo Meimei’s Red Cross scandal to comments “defaming the image of Lei Feng“, a cultural icon.
According to a Xinhua report from August 2013, Qin was an employee at Erma Company, a “black PR” company suspected of “deliberately fabricated rumors over the Internet“. He and the founder, Yang Xiuyu, were detained in August when it was discovered that they were creating and spreading online rumors then profiting from the act, Beijing police said.
The arrests came in the thick of China’s campaign to crack down on online rumors, which even led to the arrest of a 16-year-old teen after he created a viral post Weibo containing “inaccurate information”. South China Morning Post said that the arrests were part of a government campaign to discredit outspoken liberals.
We think this guy had a say.