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China Bans Karaoke Tunes That 'Endanger National Unity': CNN

Updated: Aug 13, 2021

China will create a "blacklist" of karaoke songs, banning those that contain "harmful content" from entertainment venues, Shawn Deng and Amy Woodyatt reported or CNN.

Photo Insert: Chinese regulators have taken an increasingly hard line of censorship on entertainment content.

According to interim rules outlined by the country's Ministry of Culture and Tourism, karaoke must not endanger national unity, sovereignty, or territorial integrity, incite ethnic hatred or undermine ethnic unity, promote cults or superstition or violate the state's religious policies.


Songs must also not encourage obscenity, gambling, violence, drug-related activities, or crime, nor should they insult or slander others, the ministry said.


The regulations will "promote socialist core values, and maintain national cultural security and ideological security," according to the ministry. For a brief period, there was a platform for sensitive political debate in China. Then censors shut it down.


Content providers to karaoke venues will be responsible for monitoring the songs, the ministry said, adding that China has more than 50,000 "song and dance entertainment" venues across the country, and a catalog of more than 100,000 songs, which would be hard for venues to police. The ban will come into effect on October 1.


All the news: Business man in suit and tie smiling and reading a newspaper near the financial district.

Censorship -- online and otherwise -- is common in China, with an increasingly hard line taken on entertainment content deemed inappropriate.


In 2015, the country banned a catalog of 120 songs from the internet after deeming them "harmful" to society, including Chinese songs titled "No Money No Friend," "Don't Want To Go To School," "One Night Stand" and "Fart."



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