Chinese defamation law

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By Woon-Wah Siu, Julian Zou and Liang Tao

With the rapid growth in Chinese media services and increased awareness of legal rights among the Chinese, defamation litigation in China is on the rise. Generally speaking, defamation is usually treated as a civil matter, but if it is deemed to be a serious threat to public order or national interest, defamation can be a criminal offence. This advisory will summarise the current state of this fast-developing area of in China and includes some general remarks…

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