Posted by Joel Martinsen on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 12:15 PM
Watch out for netizen journalists
The State Administration of Radio, Film, and TV is going after Internet videos.
In a notice issued on March 30, the Administration emphasized its concern over vulgarity and listed various types of content that online video hosts should filter from their sites.
Part (1) of the notice is the standard list of illegal content found in regulations on film, books, and other cultural material: no splittism, cults, or disruptions of social order.
Parts (2) and (3) are tailored for the type of content that currently appears, to varying degrees, on Chinese video hosts. Here's a translation:
(2) Internet audio-visual program service providers must edit or delete programs that contain any of the following:
(3) Internet audio-visual program service providers must improve their program content administration systems and emergency response mechanisms by hiring well-qualified service personnel to review and filter content, with particular attention paid to online music videos, variety shows, film shorts, and animation, as well as "self-shot" (自拍), "hot dancing" (热舞), "pretty girls" (美女), "funny" (搞笑), "original content" (原创), and "netizen reporters" (拍客), to insure that program content does not violate the rules mentioned in parts (1) and (2) of this notice. They must also promptly handle netizen complaints and related matters.
SARFT's obviously been paying close attention to the wealth of programming on China's video hosts. However, it's what follows in part (4) of the Notice that has caught the attention of the mainstream media.
The Administration has reiterated its control of online programming by applying its current television and film approval process to series shown online. Given the lead time involved in obtaining permission, this provision has the potential to shake up the industry. From The Beijing News:
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