A Chinese court slapped a dozen of people with varying jail terms for illegally publishing books related to the Communist Party of China, local media reported on Thursday.

According to China’s state-run newspaper Global Times, prison sentences were handed down to 12 convicts involved in illegal publishing of books related to the party and government affairs.

“The accused were convicted of violating state regulations by illegally reprinting and selling huge volumes of publications, which seriously endangered the social order and disrupted the legitimate publishing market,” the daily reported, citing the Intermediate People’s Court of Yueyang in Hunan province, central

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