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As part of a government restructuring program initiated at the National People’s Congress in March, the General Administration of Press and Publications was merged with the State Administration of Radio, Film and...

“Django” Re-Chained in China

The Wall Street Journal reports that the award-winning Django Unchained was halted during opening screenings on Thursday: Like a town marshal determined to nip trouble in the bud, China’s main film distributor rode into the...

China Unveils Plans for Streamlined Government

China’s State Council has submitted widely-anticipated plans for the restructuring of several government agencies to the National People’s Congress. The seventh such initiative in the past 30 years, the new plan aims...

NPC May Establish Unified Food and Drug Agency

Among the most anticipated policy unveilings at the ongoing Two Sessions is the likely consolidation of some of China’s 27 ministries and countless lower-level government bodies. The State Administration for Radio, Film...

Yu Hua: Censorship’s Many Faces

Author Yu Hua explains the different levels of censorship applied to Chinese media—from tightly controlled film, through TV and newspapers, to books—and dissects the varying political and economic considerations that account for...

TV Documentaries to Need SARFT Pre-Approval

Chinese filmmakers and media experts have expressed skepticism about the practicality and motives of a new requirement for pre-approval of T.V. documentaries by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television. From Liu...

Hollywood, China, & Freedom to Blow Up Tiananmen

While China may have finally scaled the highest pinnacle of international literary acclaim, no such triumph is on the cards atop tonight’s glittering pile of Oscars. Didi Kirsten Tatlow at IHT Rendezvous wonders why, when...

‘Cloud Atlas’ Lands in China, 35 Minutes Lighter

The genre-spanning Cloud Atlas debuts in China on January 31st in an incarnation almost a quarter shorter than the original cut, courtesy of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television. From Ernest Kao at South China...

Hollywood Gives China’s Censors a Preview

As it tries to tap the burgeoning Chinese film market with local flavourings and joint ventures, Hollywood has increasingly had to navigate the unpredictable demands of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, or...

Indie Filmmakers and the “Dragon Seal”

Critics claim that the Chinese state’s control over and censorship of the film industry has stifled profits and creativity. Today the Los Angeles Times reports more indie filmmakers, such as Yang Jin, are looking for the...

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