Confirmed stories of armies versus wild rumors of armies

The primary duty of a journalist is fact-checking.

Here is a verifiable story:

BEIJING, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) — China’s top legislature on Sunday adopted the country’s first counter-terrorism law in the latest attempt to address terrorism at home and help maintain world security.

Lawmakers approved the legislation Sunday afternoon at the end of a week-long bimonthly session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee.

At a press conference held on Sunday, An Weixing, an official with the public security ministry, at Sunday’s press conference, said China is facing rising threats of terrorism.

“Terrorist attacks have caused heavy losses of people’s lives and properties, posing a serious threat to our security, stability, economic development and ethnic unity,” An said.

The new law, which will enter into force in January next year, will provide legal support to the country’s counter-terrorism activities as well as collaboration with the international society, he said.

Here is a debunking of unconfirmed rumors that got posted to some websites that didn’t do enough fact-checking:

The moral of the story is that journalism is not fun. It would have been much more exciting if the hoax had been true. But the hoax was false. This sad realization explains why I don’t spend much energy turning this into a news blog.

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