‘Bad use’ of Chinese national anthem could land you in jail


Of all the reasons that could land you behind bars, who would have thought singing the national anthem will be one of them?

Let us flash back to this Tweet some weeks ago, someone asked the so-called patriotic Kenyans to sing the first stanza of the national anthem.

One of the tweeps answered with a line from Kansoul’s Bablas.

Lucky for her because if she were in China, that is how she would have found herself in the slammer.

China is considering a legislation that will see people who use its national anthem ‘badly’ spend up to 15 days in jail.

The draft legislation would make it illegal to play the anthem at funerals and on other “improper” occasions, as well as to “maliciously” modify its wording or present it in a “distorted or disrespectful” way, the Xinhua News Agency said.

The legislation goes ahead to give the instances in which the national anthem can be played. They include: during flag raising, in political anthems, sporting events and important diplomatic occasions.


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