Internet speech


This chapter first examines the concept of freedom of speech, including its meaning and scope, major restrictions, and special problems caused by the Internet. It then discusses in detail how China regulates Internet speech that may harm national security, the social order, and one's reputation. The discussion also involves evaluation of how China strikes a balance between protecting free speech and preserving national security, the social order, or people's reputation.

Key words

Internet speech

freedom of speech

seditious speech

disclosure of state secrets




fabricated terrorist information

fabricated stock market information

commercial speech


While freedom of speech is ...

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