In an all-out effort to sanctify the Chinese internet, China employs an infamous government task force of dedicated porn watchers, assigned to bust purveyors of smut online, but it turns out that porn isn’t the only thing you shouldn’t be watching.
Last Thursday, after receiving a tip-off from the public, Shandong police arrested a 36-year-old man from a village outside of Jinan for downloading and watching ISIS videos.
While few details of the case have been released, state media reports (via SCMP) that the man admitted to regularly watching videos from the terrorist group since last February after his curiosity was piqued by a news report. He says he found them “interesting.”
He has been arrested, accused of breaking China’s new anti-terrorism legislation, which also requires tech companies to help decrypt information.
Presumably, ISIS will be happy to know that somebody in China is listening to its message. Last December, they tried to reach out to Chinese Muslims with a catchy song in Mandarin calling them to jihad.
Additionally, last June, the terrorist organization released a propaganda video featuring their “oldest member,” an 80-year-old Uighur grandfather, describing his decision to leave China after decades of oppression and join the Islamic State.
ISIS has also sent clear messages to the Chinese government in the past, executing a Chinese national and releasing a video which implicitly recognized Taiwan as its own country, while also calling for its destruction.
In response, China has vowed to bring ISIS to justice and heightened its own crackdown against Islamist insurgents in the far northwestern region of Xinjiang, even going so far as to use flamethrowers to hunt down militants hiding in caves. They have also apparently turned their attention to villages in Eastern China