Notice Concerning Severely Punishing Criminal Illegal Publishing Activities

All provincial, autonomous region and municipal Higher People’s Courts and People’s Procuratorates, Liberation Army Courts Martial, Military Procuratorate:

After transmission on 6 July 1987 of the “State Council Notice Concerning Strictly Attacking Illegal Publishing Activities”, all localities’ Public Security, Industry and Commerce, Publications, Culture and Audiovisual entities have successively investigated and prosecuted large amounts of illegal publications. This sort of illegal publications floods the market, gravely endangering market order, at the same time, many illegal publications’ content is degenerate, the harm to mental and physical health of the masses and especially minors is very large. These illegal publishing activities have grave circumstances, violating the Criminal Law, and criminal liability shall be prosecuted according to the law. In order to clarify the legal basis for handling this sort of cases, and severely punish criminal illegal publishing activities according to the law, the following is hereby notified: Continue reading