Penalties set out in vice fight

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 10 September, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 10 September, 1996, 12:00am

Shanghai authorities have produced tentative regulations on penalties for party members involved in pornography or gambling.

According to a report by the semi-official Hong Kong China News Agency, the rules state that members guilty of pornography-related crimes and who have received jail terms will have their party membership terminated.

For those not jailed, penalties will range from suspension of position and duties to total termination of party membership.

Those who try to profit out of dealing in or manufacturing pornography will face serious warnings or loss of jobs.

They may have their membership terminated, or retain their posts while being kept under watch by the party.

Those who smuggle obscene materials into China, or listen to or watch pornography, will face punishments ranging from a serious warning to termination of their post.

On gambling, the Shanghai Commission for Discipline Inspection states that party members who have been jailed or face re-education through labour will be sacked from their party posts.

Punishments would depend on how often they gambled and how much was involved.