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April 9, 2010

Freedom of Speech

Constitution of the People’s Republic of China1

Article 35:
Citizens of the People’s Republic of China enjoy freedom of speech, of the press, of assembly, of association, of procession and of demonstration.
第三十五条:
中华人民共和国公民有言论、出版、集会、结社、游行、示威的自由。
Article 41:
Citizens of the People’s Republic of China have the right to criticize and make suggestions regarding any state organ or functionary.

第四十一条:
中华人民共和国公民对于任何国家机关和国家工作人员,有提出批评和建议的权利。

 

Inciting Subversion of State Power

Criminal Law of the People’s Republic of China2

Article 105 (2):
Whoever incites others by spreading rumors or slanders or any other means to subvert the State power or overthrow the socialist system shall be sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment of not more than five years, criminal detention, public surveillance or deprivation of political rights; and the ringleaders and the others who commit major crimes shall be sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment of not less than five years.

第一百零五条(第二款):
以造谣、诽谤或者其他方式煽动颠覆国家政权、推翻社会主义制度的,处五年以下有期徒刑、拘役、管制或者剥夺政治权利;首要分子或者罪行重大的,处五年以上有期徒刑。

Notes

1. Constitution of the People's Republic of China, National People’s Congress, “Database of Laws and Regulations: Constitution and the
Related Laws,” http://www.npc.gov.cn/englishnpc/Law/2007-12/05/content_1381903.htm. ^

2. National People’s Congress, “Database of Laws and Regulations: Criminal Law: Criminal Law of the People’s Republic of China,” http://www.npc.gov.cn/englishnpc/Law/2007-12/13/content_1384075.htm. ^

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