China Shuts Publisher of 'Reactionary' Book


China has closed a publishing company in western Sichuan province and sentenced its editor and director to suspended jail terms for publishing a "reactionary" book.

The China Daily said Monday that Li Jiawei, director of the Sichuan Provincial Social Science Publishing House, was sentenced to three years in jail for publishing a book on underworld kingpin Du Yuesheng.

Editor in Chief Zhang Li was sentenced to one year. Both sentences were suspended, a common practice in China to give the accused a chance to reform.

The newspaper said a court in Chengdu found the book had a severe negative political impact and led to economic losses of $48,000. It did not elaborate.

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