A new draft law in China has sparked debate over its potential to restrict freedom of expression. The law, which is still in its early stages, would ban speech and dressing that is deemed to be "detrimental to the spirit of Chinese people."
The proposal has been met with criticism from social media users and legal experts, who say it is vague and could be used to censor anything that the government deems to be offensive.
Zhao Hong, a law professor, is worried that police officers might use their own personal opinions to decide what is considered offensive, even if it's not against the law.
A social media user warned that the proposed law is so vague that it could be used to target anyone who expresses an opinion that the government does not like. They argued that the law is a way for the government to control what people think and say.
The law is part of a broader crackdown on dissent under Chinese President Xi Jinping. In recent years, the government has tightened control over the internet, media, and education.
Critics say the government is trying to create a society where everyone thinks and behaves the same way.
The draft law has been met with particular concern by the fashion industry.
China is a major fashion market, and many designers are worried that the law could restrict their creativity.
A fashion designer expressed concern that the proposed law would restrict freedom of expression and make it difficult for designers to create clothes that reflect their own personal style.