After online games and TV talent shows, comics and animation appear to be China’s next target list as it seeks to ban children’s entertainment platforms that promote “violence, blood, vulgarity or pornography â.
“TV stations must resolutely resist bad plots and broadcast only excellent cartoons with healthy content and promote truth, goodness and beauty,” the National Radio and Television Administration said on Friday. , the country’s broadcasting authority, in a statement posted on its website.
âChildren and adolescents are the main audiences for cartoons. Broadcasting organizations should set up special children’s television channels that create a good environment for healthy growth of young people, âthe authority said.
The new decree applies to all cartoons shown on television as well as those shown online.
Hours after the announcement, a popular Japanese superhero series, “Ultraman Tiga,” was pulled from online streaming platforms on Friday.
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State tabloid Global Times reported that it could have been removed due to its “violent plot” which included fight scenes and explosions.
The show’s deletion drew a lot of criticism on Chinese social media platforms like Weibo, where a hashtag of the show’s deletion had been in fashion for several days.
A popular article, which broke news of the ban, was liked over a million times before being deleted, CNN reports.
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In April, authorities in Jiangsu Province released a list of 21 cartoons and television series that may affect children’s development.
The list included the well-known shows “Peppa Pig”, a British cartoon series; “My Little Pony”, an American cartoon; and âCase Closed,â also known as âDetective Conan,â a successful Japanese manga and anime series.
Earlier this month, China banned some reality TV shows and ordered broadcasters not to promote men displaying “effeminate” behavior, saying the “immoral” culture is leading young people down the wrong path.
While announcing the restrictions, Chinese broadcasting accused the entertainment industry of “seriously polluting the social atmosphere” and of having a bad influence on young people.
The entertainment industry’s ban frenzy has also been extended to online games, where Chinese authorities announced in August that children would only be allowed to play 3 hours of video games per week, due to the “effects. harmful that games had on young minds â.
(With contributions from agencies)