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China confiscates over 16m illegal publications in 2016

Updated: Jan 5,2017 6:52 AM     Xinhua

Chinese law enforcers in 2016 confiscated over 16 million illegal publications, and shut down or banned over 14,000 websites disseminating “harmful information.”

The figures were released by the National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications on Jan 4.

In 2016, the office “disposed of” more than 4.5 million items of online pornography as well as other harmful information, handling more than 600 criminal cases with over 1,300 people criminally penalized.

The office launched crackdowns on irregularities in cloud computing, online live-streaming and news portals, as well as crackdowns on illegal publications and piracy.

More than 4.6 million pirated publications and over 900,000 copies of illegal newspapers or journals were confiscated in the fight against piracy.