The porno on your cell phone can get you arrested in China

| January 9th, 2010

If you ever travel in China by train, make sure you don’t have any porno on your cell phone, or else you could be jailed!

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From Zhengzhou evening news:

“A couple arrested for watching porn at home”, an incident happened 7 years ago which had triggered a national debate over the relationships and boundaries between the law and individual rights. Chongqing resident Zhao Peng (not his real name) never would have thought 7 years have passed but similar incident happened again; this time it happened to him, his cell phone had a clip of Japanese adult video which caused him being arrested.

Zhao Peng tells his story on Sohu:

On December 29, 2009, 9 am in the morning at Shaoxing train station, Zhejiang province, I just got off the train and was stopped by couple of policemen. They asked to see my identification and the train ticket. (All women passed by without being stopped) One policeman asked me to take out everything I have on me for inspection. I took out everything. He started to look at my cell phone. First he looked through my phone book then he looked through all the media files on the phone. Woo! There was Japanese adult video! He watched for a little while then told me that I was not going to leave. And he told me to follow him to the security office. When we got to the office, he showed me a book with this rule: person who is producing, selling and transporting pornography (CD, DVD) disks, in serious cases, is subject to be detained for 15 days and a fine of 3000 yuan; in minor cases is to be detained for 5 days and with a fine of 500 yuan. And there was another rule included videos. He said, “What do you think we should do? We can detain you.” I said, “Having AV in cell phone is not just me, 90% of men’s cell phones all have them, why don’t you inspect them? Why me?” He answered “It would have been ok if you were not inspected. Now it’s your bad luck that you were. You tell me what we should do! How about let’s detain you for 5 days first? It’s ok, it will be fast!” I did not know what to do and said “Now I am here, you are the boss, whatever you say I don’t dare to say no.” He said “then let’s follow what it says on the book.” I said, “Big brother, please let it go, I will take you out drinking tomorrow.” He said, “Don’t try to kiss up, there are people taking me out drinking everyday.” I then took out 200 yuan and put it on the table and said “That’s all I have.” He looked at it and said “200 is not even enough for the fine, just stay in jail for couple days!” After a while… “But you behaved well, so I will give you a chance. Write a self-criticism / promise note and plus that 200 yuan.” Then I wrote some words on some paper and he told me to get out. I feel deeply regret about this experience. Policemen are looking for money for the new years!

Zhao Peng told the reporter that the policemen did not give him any ticket. And his cell phone was not turned on, the policemen switched on his phone without his permission.

In the afternoon of January 6, the reporter and Zhao Peng called Shaoxing, Zhejiang Railway station police and asked about this incident. An anonymous staff confirmed the incident, he said, recently in order to ensure the railway safety; the railway station police are conducting random inspections on the passengers. It was not only targeting foreigners (non-locals). He also said “Carrying pornographic video allegedly propagates pornographic material, the circumstances are very serious.” As for the police issued the fine without a receipt, “We are not the same as other police, we issue fines but do not require to keep a receipt.”

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This was just in today, according to Netease, after Zhao Peng’s post got much attention from the media. Zhejiang Shaoxing Railway police station immediately investigated the matter.  And today (January 9, 2009) Zhejiang Shaoxing Railway police station sent representative flying to Chongqing and apologized to Zhao Peng.

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  1. JeffGoh says:

    Just to share – Sometime last year a Singaporean was arrested on arrival in Australia for having ponographic movies in his lap-top.

    My take is that this is a very private thing, no one got harmed, and people are entitle to their privacy. Perhaps such antiquated laws should be amended not only in China but in many countries around the world.

  2. just to share says:

    Just to share – that Singaporean was arrested because he had child pornography on his computer. i think there’s a difference, and perhaps the law is not that antiquated.

  3. Lucas says:

    I don’t really understand the first floor…what does he mean by moderators? who’s he referring to??
    ok..here’s the thing. Very funny. But is this case just regional one or is that applied to every part of China?
    Anyway…thx for sharing ~~

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  5. Griffin says:

    I dont know what I think is more crazy, the random stop, search and holding someone, the invasion of privacy, holding someone for having a porno on their phone, or taking his money and letting him go just to avoid doing any paperwork… hmmm…
    Picture those policemen standing there, waiting for some poor chap to walk past and stop, and then picture them shaking him down for some cash so they could go and visit their friendly local xiao jie, or Tobacconist.

  6. Luis Howard says:

    i love camera cellphones so much, i wish they could have make a 10 Megapixel camera cellphone.::

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  8. Bea says:

    Are the international text messages in China monitored too? I always send a messages to my friend who is living now in Shanghai.

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