- A popular blogger has pleaded guilty to making defamatory comments about Chinese soldiers who were portrayed in a state-sponsored film.
- Luo said the Chinese troops who froze to death in “The Battle of Changjin Lake” were “stupid”.
- Two days after making the comments, Luo was detained and his Weibo account was blocked.
A popular Chinese blogger has pleaded guilty to making defamatory comments about Chinese soldiers depicted in a government-sponsored blockbuster film about the Korean War.
“Luo Changping damaged the reputation and honor of heroic martyrs,” the Chengjiao People’s Court in Sanya, Hainan Province said. said in a notice Wednesday posted on WeChat social media platform.
Luo has pleaded guilty and repents, the notice adds. Sentencing of the 41-year-old will take place at a later date.
Luo, a former journalist and popular social media figure, was arrested in October after making comments online about the Chinese soldiers depicted in the propaganda film “The Battle of Changjin Lake.” The state-backed film depicts Chinese soldiers defeating American troops in a 1950 Korean War battle in freezing weather.
In a comment posted on China’s Twitter-like Weibo platform, Luo said the Chinese troops who froze to death in the film were “stupid”, according to the South China Morning Post. He also questioned the legal justification for China’s role in the war, The New York Times reported.
Luo was detained two days after making the comments and his Weibo account was blocked, by The Times. The social media star had around two million followers at the time, according to the Associated Press. Before resigning to start his own legal consulting business, Luo was a well-known journalist who exposed the financial misdeeds of more than 100 senior officials, by CNN.
Luo’s case is reminiscent of popular blogger Qiu Ziming, who was jailed in June for online posts suggesting the review of the 2020 Sino-Indian border clash was higher than reported. The 38-year-old, who had 2.5 million Weibo followers, was later sentenced to eight months in prison under a 2018 law banning the defamation of “heroes and martyrs”. by The Guardian.