China Clamps Down on Public Discussion of African Swine Flu Outbreaks

The ruling Chinese Communist Party is clamping down on any public discussion of an outbreak of African swine fever among its pig population, shutting down social media accounts and detaining users who warn others not to eat pork.

On Aug. 25, a video of police detaining a woman in her home in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong went viral, with commenters focusing on the arbitrary detention of the woman by officers who said “because we are the police,” when she asked them why she was being detained.

Local media reports indicated that the woman was detained for “rumor-mongering” after warning her social media friends not to eat pork or chicken because of the risk of disease in the wake of disastrous flooding in Shandong.

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