China Bans Immoral Content From Television


The Chinese government  has announced it was going to ban all immoral content on state TV.  Authorities will censor homosexuality, same-sex as well as under-age relationships, and sexual violence on television. They claim that TV programs that show what they call  "the dark side of society" may damage the country's image and promote immoral lifestyles among the Chinese population.

The ban also includes  excessive smoking, drinking, gruesome criminal cases and far-fetched issues like witchcraft. Chinese media authorities have stated that they would watch TV channels carefully to see that the new laws are enforced.

In the past China's censors have already shut down shows that are seen as immoral. A TV show called  "The Empress of China"  was stopped because of too much skin shown between a woman's breasts . In September 2015  a documentary about a gay Chinese man  was banned from all websites.

Last week "Addicted Heroin", a same-sex drama  was banned from streaming websites. The show can only be seen on YouTube, which is officially blocked in China.

The ban on immoral content will especially hit rising new video websites which, up to now, have been able to show such shows due to the lack of government regulations.  Last year Chinese video platforms have produced over 800 of their own shows.



Liberals in China have protested massively against the new laws. They have been fighting for a long time against the government's attitude towards homosexuality, which was considered a mental disease up to 2001.



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  • attitude = here: the way someone thinks about a topic
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  • gay = homosexual
  • government = the people who rule a country
  • gruesome = brutal, horrible to watch
  • homosexuality = when a man or woman is attracted to a person of the same sex
  • immoral content = everything that is wrong and not accepted behaviour in our world
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  • law = rules that a country has
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  • under-age relationship =here: if an adult has a sexual relationship with a teenager who is too young
  • violence = actions that want to hurt or kill people
  • witchcraft =the activity of performing magic to help or harm other people