SARFT attacks Internet video – Jeremy Goldkorn

From Danwei:

They are coming after Danwei TV! The Beijing News reported today that China will launch new regulations to control Internet short video clips (link) – in Chinese).

Video clips will have to be registered with SARFT (State Administration of Radio, Film and TV) before they are published on the Internet. However, large Internet companies like Sina.com, Sohu.com, Tom.com may be unaffected by the regulations. [Full Text]

See also The General Administration of Anxiety about Radio, Film & TV written by Wang Xiaofeng, translated by Jeremy Goldkorn:

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Our country has an organization that is sometimes called the Administration (广电局), sometimes the Department (广电部), of Radio, Film and TV [i.e. SARFT]. Whatever you call them, their mission stays the same.

Now they are being called the General Administration of Anxiety about Radio, TV and Film. Why Anxiety?

For example, today they are anxious so they don’t let you film anyhting about criminal cases, tomorrow they get anxious and don’t let you film any historical dramas, the next day they get anxious and don’t let you broadcast any foreign cartoons.

What a lot of trouble! Why don’t they just promulgate a law that states what kind of things you can film, and explicitly ban everything else. But reconsidering that strategy, that’s not so good either: what are they going to get anxious about?

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