China cracks down on smut

Man jailed for running porn website for 13 years

A Chinese court has jailed a man for 13 years for running a pornographic website as the government steps up a national campaign against smut.

Huang Yizhong was jailed by a court in Jiangmen in the southern province of Guangdong and fined nearly $15,000, the Xinhua news agency reported. He pleaded guilty to charges of copying and disseminating porn on his website, which he had run since 2005 until it was closed down in July.

He had downloaded more than 1,000 porn movies and edited them into video clips for his site, which had more than 4,000 paying members and made profits of nearly $500,000 per year.

Last week, China’s Supreme People’s Court and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate issued legal guidelines to help crack down on online porn.

In December and January, the government received more than 90,000 tip-offs about porn websites, launched action on 109 cases of Internet porn using overseas servers or websites and seized 152 suspects.

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