Tuesday, July 17, 2012

China Moves to Censor Online Video

According to the AP, broadcast and internet regulators in China have told online video providers that all programs must be pre-screened before they are made publicly available, ostensibly in response to the growing number of online videos with "vulgar content, excessive violence, or pornography."  The regulatory agencies claimed that the new rules would protect young people and promote high-quality online programs.
  China has a long history of censoring content - from banning or limiting imports, setting standards for traditional media (and punishing perceived transgressions), to restricting access to a number of foreign Internet sites (including YouTube), and monitoring online content.  Still, China also relies heavily on self-censorship from outlets to make sure that only "appropriate" content is made available.
  In this case, someone in the PR office for a major online video provider in China, commented on her company's policy
"Nothing with vulgar or violent materials will pass," said the woman, who did not give her name because she said she was not authorized to speak on the record. "Political speech? If it is anti-party and anti-society, it definitely will not pass. No website will allow such content."
Source -  China wants to censor online video contentBroadcast Newsroom

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