22 Dec '17, 12pm

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BEIJING (AFP) - China is considering a law that would punish those who "insult or slander heroes and martyrs", according to a report on Friday (Dec 22) from the country's top legislature. The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) said on its website that it is examining a proposal on the "Protection of Heroes and Martyrs Law" in order to "promote the spirit of heroic martyrs and patriotism". Since President Xi Jinping took office in 2012, he has stressed a drive to infuse every aspect of Chinese education with "patriotic spirit" in a campaign to strengthen the legitimacy of the ruling Communist Party. The NPC approved legislation last month to punish anyone who disrespects the national anthem with up to three years in prison. Laws covering the use of the national flag and national emblem have been in place for years. The new draft law makes entities su...

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