China has shut down or revoked the licenses of more than 13,000 illegal websites since 2015. Wang Shengjun, vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), disclosed the information when briefing lawmakers on cyberspace protection Sunday. Authorities including the Cyberspace Administration of China have called over 2,200 websites operators for talks during the same period, he said. In addition, operators have closed nearly 10 million internet accounts for violating service protocol, while information on terrorism and pornography has been removed. "These moves have a powerful deterrent effect" Wang said. The report was submitted to the top legislature's ongoing bi-monthly session for deliberation. The session will end Wednesday.
China's top legislature received and put on records 889 normative documents for review this year, according to a government report.
Eighty-five defendants, including 44 Taiwan residents, received sentences ranging from 21 months to 15 years in a Beijing court on Thursday for their involvement in a cross-border telecom fraud.
A Beijing court Thursday gave sentences to 85 fraudsters in a cross-border telecom fraud case, ranging from 21 months to 15 years in prison.
Any person who libels or insults heroes and martyrs will face criminal punishment, according to a draft law unveiled on Dec 22.
The number of court cases involving minors - children age 17 and younger - has fallen by almost 50 percent in the past five years, according to a report published by the National Bureau of Statistics.
The trial of a Hangzhou nanny accused of killing four people in an arson attack was suspended on Thursday when the defendant's lawyer walked out after failing to have the hearing moved to another court.
More than a third of the smuggling cases heard by a Beijing court in the past three years have involved wild animals or wildlife products.