Sex, Murder, Ghosts Banned From TV Streaming Sites

At the Global Times, Cao Siqi reports on new Internet regulations banning a wide range of online video content in China.

[…] According to a report by entertainment news website, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television () circular stipulated that programs depicting extramarital affairs, polyamorous relationship, one-night stands, sexual abuse, or containing pornographic content should be cut or deleted.

It also said that video depicting rape, fornication, necrophilia, prostitution or masturbation also should be cut.

Video websites are required to remove headlines with text or pictures referring to sex and nudity. Plots depicting violent murder, suicides, kidnapping, drug abuse, gambling or supernatural occurrences should be cut.

SAPPRFT said that websites should closely examine videos with tags like “hot dancing,” “beauties” and “originals.”

A great deal of sexually suggestive content is likely to be taken down, reported news portal [Source]

At The Guardian, Ben Child reports on the impact these new regulations could have on the entertainment industries inside and outside of China:

[..] Prof Tan Tian of Jinan university told the Times the new regulations would radically reduce the number of movies and television shows that could be legally streamed in China.

“Media regulators used to have loose regulations on [these] programmes, so that the public is often exposed to contents related to sex, violence and murder,” he said. He warned that the crackdown might hamper the creation of high-quality content in China’s burgeoning creative industries.

[…] It is not known if China’s ban on adult content from sites will affect Hollywood studios desperate to take advantage of rapidly growing box-office returns in the world’s most populous nation. China’s annual import quota of 34 international movies is already subject to tight controls from censors. [Source]

In April, China launched an online anti-vulgarity campaign, and recently many of China’s leading Internet companies pledged to aid in cleaning up the Internet.