A Chinese language flag flutters in entrance of the Nice Corridor of the Individuals in Beijing, China, Might 27, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s tv regulator has banned “entertainment-driven” historic dramas, it mentioned in a discover on Thursday, the newest clampdown on media in a delicate yr for the ruling Communist Social gathering
The regulator mentioned the ban additionally utilized to so-called idol dramas, that are centered round a star, and it as an alternative referred to as on broadcasters to air patriotic content material within the run-up to the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Individuals’s Republic, on Oct. 1.
Censorship of media and leisure content material in China has turn into tighter beneath President Xi Jinping, and has intensified this yr, with authorities delaying approval for at the very least three main movies that had been anticipated this summer time.
The regulator, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Movie and Tv, mentioned tv channels ought to broadcast applications from an inventory of 86 that focus “on totally different historic features that present the good battle of the Chinese language nation as its individuals have stood up and turn into richer and stronger”.
The Beijing Each day, a newspaper backed by the Communist Social gathering, in January criticized 5 fashionable historic dramas together with “Empresses within the Palace” for having a “destructive impact” on society. Many such dramas contain palace intrigues and scheming by the primary characters.
Idol dramas, a format additionally fashionable in Japan and South Korea, have additionally been criticized by state media as overly materialistic and for being a destructive affect on society.
Reporting by Huizhong Wu, Pei Li and Roxanne Liu; Enhancing by Tony Munroe