News by email Donate


Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

Robert Scheer/IndyStar / USA TODAY NETWORK
Robert Scheer/IndyStar / USA TODAY NETWORK
World News

Chinese couple lose their appeal against seven-year prison sentence for selling Christian literature

by Donna Birrell

A Chinese couple has lost their appeal against seven-year prison sentences for selling Christian literature.  

A court in China has upheld the sentences against booksellers Chang Yuchun, 53, and his wife, Li Chenhui, 44, for 'inciting subversion of State power'.  

The charity Open Doors says that as well as each facing a seven-year jail term they must both pay fines of 250,000 yuan (approximately £29,700) for running an 'illegal business operation'. 

A local source told Open Doors: "This is not the first case of religious booksellers being given a jail sentence. However, seven years and a hefty fine is rare." 

The charity says that over the course of five years, Yuchun and Chenhui printed and sold Christian literature until their printing company was shut down by authorities in July 2021.  

According to ChinaAid, more than 210,000 books were confiscated from the warehouse and workshop. 

The couple were accused of running a company without a license as well as of 'inciting subversion of State power'. 

The couple's four children aged between four and 22 are now living with their grandparents. 

In September 2020, a Christian bookseller in Zhejiang province also received a seven-year prison sentence and a fine of approximately £22,700 for alleged illegal business activities, running an online bookstore selling Christian literature.  

In recent months, authorities have clamped down further on the distribution of Christian resources including audio Bible players and a Bible app. 

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email