Chinese city releases second "name-and-shame list" to curb offenses

09:22, April 01, 2011      

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Authorities in the central Chinese city of Wuhan have released another "name-and-shame list" of rule breakers Thursday despite controversy over privacy.

It was the second time in two weeks the city published a list of rule offenders' personal information coupled with their offenses. The lists are aimed at cracking down on "uncivilized" behaviors in the city, such as jaywalking, littering and running red lights.

Thursday's list includes 10 vehicles and their drivers who have ignored red traffic lights and 10 shops whose business activities have negatively affected environment and traffic in nearby areas.

In the first "name-and-shame list" released on March 19, local authorities exposed 40 people for engaging one of four "uncivilized" behaviors: ignoring red traffic lights, careless parking, jaywalking and littering.

The name, gender, age, and penalties each received as well as photos of some offenders were published in local newspapers, sparking a debate over whether doing so is a violation of the offenders' privacy.

Nevertheless, local authorities said they will not abandon the practice.

"I hope citizens can learn a lesson through the exposure, be strict with themselves and be civilized citizens of Wuhan," said Yan Hong, director of the Wuhan Municipal Civilization Office.

Source: Xinhua
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