Tibetans in Chinese controlled territory who are interested in gaining support for their desires for more freedom will now have to be more careful than ever about how they use the internet. The Central Tibetan Administration reported on Sept. 9, 2013, "China issues new internet rules that include jail time." Chinese state media has said China has issued new guidelines which could result in internet users being jailed for writing posts that spread rumors online.
Defamatory comments which are visited by 5,000 users or which are reposted more than 500 times could land internet users in prison for up to three years. And internet users who post information that leads to protests or ethnic unrest could also face being prosecuted. These rules are said to be part of an official campaign aimed at stopping online rumours. On Monday the document which details the new guidelines was released by China’s highest court and its top prosecuting body.
This becomes a very problematic situation for Tibetans since clearly what the Chinese authorities consider slander, many Tibetans would clearly consider the truth. This is a legal concept which does however often create similar anxieties worldwide when dealing with such contentious situations between human rights activists and the authorities.