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China to step up management of online audio-visual programming

Updated: Jun 3,2017 8:40 AM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China’s press and publication regulator has ordered audio-visual service providers and individuals not to air so-called “unabridged audio-visual programs.”

The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television has issued a document strengthening the regulation of video and audio programs on Internet.

The providers and individuals were asked to foster and promote socialist core values but not to distort history, beautify reactionary ideas or defy heroes and role models, it said.

They should also oppose “boring games, extravagant banquets and reckless pursuits of influence by celebrities,” according to the statement.

Standard language and text must be used and relevant laws and traditions be observed in various audio-visual programs on Internet, it said.

Online platforms, radio and TV stations are prohibited from airing TV series and films without authorization, it said.