A Reuters article entitled, China law blind to nude Web chats: Charges dropped on woman using a Web cam in the buff, gives an interesting peek into China jurisprudence.
Article is on how Chinese prosecutors were forced to drop a case against a housewife who had organized online nude chats, after discovering no Chinese law forbade such things. The case involved a 36-year-old woman, surnamed Li, who had been charged with “organizing pornographic activities” for “using a Web cam to chat with people on the Internet in the buff and for organizing online chats for nudists.”
Turns out that nude chat rooms “are not defined in China’s pornography laws, an oversight the official Xinhua news agency described as a legal ‘blind spot'” so prosecutors had to drop their case:
“Under existing laws, it is inappropriate to treat this as a criminal offense,” Xinhua quoted a prosecutor in the western Beijing district of Shijinshan as saying.
The Shijinshan district court found there was little legal basis for the charge and turned down the case, forcing prosecutors to withdraw the charge.
I am not going to claim this case means China should be viewed as a country of laws, but I will contend this case is further proof China is moving in that direction. I also find it interesting that when I discussed this case with a China criminal lawyer friend of mine, he was not surprised by its outcome.
Do you agree?