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Police detain microblog delinquent

By Jin Jianyu   (Global Times)

11:44, November 27, 2011

Beijing authorities recently detained a microblogger, who post threatening messages and "broadcast" his illegal conduct live via his microblog.

The detainee, surnamed Yan, is the first person to be punished for using microblog to threaten the personal safety of another Web user, who had differing ideas than him.

Yan was controlled by the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau on November 11 over the suspicion of threatening another's personal safety and spent five days in detention in accordance with the Regulations on Administrative Penalties for Public Security, according to the Beijing News.

Wu Danhong, the victim in the case and also an associate professor at China University of Political Science and Law, told the Global Times on Friday that he received a spate of prank calls and vocal abuse after he posted a message on his microblog opposing Yan's opinions.

Wu said Yan publicized his plans for revenge against him and arrived at Wu's residence compound with friends to carry out the plan same day.

 "Fortunately I was not at home that day, but I reported the case to local police," Wu said.

"We cannot resort to illegal behavior when our opnions differ," Wang Sixin, a professor of media law at the Communication University of China, told the Global Times on Friday, "Physical action is not a legal nor rational means of communication."

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