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China orders online video censorship

2012-07-11 18:02

Beijing - China's broadcasting and internet regulators have told internet video providers to pre-screen all online programmes such as drama series and mini-movies before making them available online.

The new rule was issued jointly by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (Sarft) and the State Internet Information Office.

A statement on Sarft's website says the rule is in response to the rapid growth in online video programmes, some of which it says contain vulgar content, excessive violence or pornography. It says the rule will protect younger people and promote high-quality online programmes.

The statement seen on Wednesday says online video providers must pre-screen content before it is posted, though it does not offer specific standards.

China has a long-standing practice of censoring traditional television programs and movies.


This YouTube video demonstrates how many Chinese experience internet restrictions: