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Chinese writer sentenced to 10 years in prison for homoerotic book

Chinese writer sentenced to 10 years in prison for homoerotic book

A Chinese author has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for writing a novel featuring gay sex.

Pornography is illegal in China.

Many people have argued that the sentence was too harsh. Some people accused of sexual assault have received shorter sentences in the past.

What counts as "illegal" content in China is broadly defined, but includes work that "endangers national unity", "leaks state secrets", and "disturbs social order" - umbrella terms that are also sometimes used when authorities punish or silence Chinese dissidents and rights campaigners.

The author, who goes by the pen name "Tianyi", attracted the scrutiny of authorities after one of her homoerotic novels, Gongzhan, went viral past year. The outlet referred to the money earned from the book as "illegal profits". "If judges think content related to homosexuality and indecency has a baneful impact on the society, they might choose a heavy sentence within the legal range", Lu Xiaoquan, a Beijing-based lawyer, was quoted by the Global Times.

Police were alerted to the book after it went viral online shortly after its publication in 2017.

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Liu has appealed her sentence, the Global Times reported.

One user shared an article about a case from 2010 when a man was jailed for 18 months for imprisoning children and commented: "I don't understand the law, but there have been people who did things as inhuman as this and only get a year and a half".

Tianyi's sentencing in eastern Anhui province on October 31 has drawn a wave of criticism on Twitter-like Weibo, where many people noted that the punishment was treated like other crimes such as rape.

Another user contrasted Liu's sentence with an official who was sentenced in 2013 to eight years in prison after raping a four-year-old girl.

The Chinese Communist Party has recently intensified its crackdown on what it considered inappropriate content, such as pornography.

In April of this year, Chinese microblogging site Weibo announced it would remove pornographic, violent, or gay content, singling out manga animation in particular, which often depict same-sex relationships and gay sex, but reversed its decision following a public outcry.

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