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And then they came for man earrings

For many Chinese people, man earrings are a mainstream fashion, no longer a novel object or a taboo. Earrings, after…

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China’s media regulators issue cap on production budget of period dramas

A few days ago, news broke that the State Administration of Radio and Television (SART) had issued new directives capping the…

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A censor for the Internet of Things?

My curiosity was piqued this morning by a headline on CoinDesk, a website that reports on Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and blockchain:…

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China is escalating its war on variety shows, including Saturday Night Live

The Chinese version of Saturday Night Live (周六夜现场 zhōu liù yè xiànchǎng) and 真相吧!花花万物 (zhēnxiàng ba! huāhuā wànwù — roughly,…

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Cutting down on reality talent shows and other poison for teenagers

The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT), China’s top media regulator, is deeply concerned about what…

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Internal memo reveals tighter regulations on Chinese films and television dramas

Censorship of Chinese films and TV programs has been bad recently, and it’s about to get worse. That’s the takeaway…

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‘Are you coming to the orgy?’ Check out the hoodie Michael Chen wore on the Chinese reality show ‘Keep Running’

Here’s a bit of fun from usually staid Chinese television: Keep Running (奔跑吧 bēnpǎoba), adapted from South Korea, is a reality…

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Jokes app Neihan Duanzi shuttered by China’s media regulator for ‘vulgarity’

It seems like Jingri Toutiao (今日头条), one of China’s most popular news aggregators, just can’t catch a break these days.…

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SAPPRFT bans parodies of classic TV shows and films

As we reported yesterday, China’s top media authorities, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT), is…

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Goodbye, SAPPRFT (but not Chinese censorship)

Last Tuesday, during the National People’s Congress, China announced that it was dismantling its top media regulator, the State Administration of Press,…

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Five thousand movie theaters across China to form a cohort of ‘People’s Theaters’

China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China (SAPPRFT), the country’s top…

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Report: China to ban tattoos and ‘hip-hop culture’ from TV shows

Rapper GAI on I Want to Go to the Spring Gala China’s top media regulator, the State Administration of Press, Publication,…

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