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Shanghai considering law against profanity in public

Shanghai considering law against profanity in public

Mind your language, please. This is Shanghai.
China's financial center is mulling over a law against using swear words in public, reports said Monday, in a sign of just how far the city has traveled from its famously profane 19th-century dockside origins.
Newspapers and a government spokesman said the ban could be included in a law targeting spitting, littering, smoking, jaywalking, and other behavior deemed disruptive or anti-social.
The law, now being considered by the city council, needs to address swearing not only because it is uncouth _ but also because it could simple arguments to escalate into physical violence, the Shanghai Morning Post newspaper quoted city government adviser Luo Huarong as saying.
A spokesman for the city government's Office of Spiritual Civilization Construction said officials were still looking into the feasibility of a profanity ban.
"It's not certain whether this can pass, or how we would punish people who use bad language even if it is passed," said the spokesman, who like many Chinese bureaucrats refused to give his name.
Shanghai in recent years sought to boost its quality of life and shake a reputation for rude behavior among its residents.
While the Chinese language contains a colorful range of profanity, bans on such language are notoriously difficult to enforce and have been opposed by free speech and civil liberties advocates in the U.S. and other Western countries.


Updated : 2021-06-18 20:27 GMT+08:00