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China's aggressive crackdown on internet smut and dissent continues - yesterday a man was sentenced to 13 years prison for renting a US server for distributing pornographic material

Huang Yizhong, from Jiangmen, was fined 100,000 yuan (£9,400) and sentenced to 13 years for copying and distributing pornographic material.

He used a rented US server to download 1,000 films which he edited into clips and made available to the 4,000 members of his website.

Chinese media said he earned almost 500,000 yuan (£46,900). He ran the site from 2005 until he was caught last July.

More from China Daily here.

Chinese authorities have arrested thousands of people since the crackdown was announced, and have even recruited volunteer smut-seekers to report dodgy content.

Hundreds of website have been forcibly closed and the government is restricting how individuals can register domain names.

Although widely interpreted as a way to restrict political dissent Chinese authorities have used the crackdown to restrict access to most forms of online content.®

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