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Oct 27

China: Fun TV makes way for lessons in morality

The mainland’s fun police will limit the number of entertainment shows allowed on television from next year, replacing them with compulsory moral education programmes.

The move comes in the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television’s (Sarft) anxiously awaited comprehensive regulations to clean up the national airwaves.

The rules, released yesterday, are part of an ongoing crackdown following the Communist Party Central Committee’s recent meeting, at which leaders discussed boosting the nation’s soft power and cultural security, and asserted the party’s role as the arbiter of social morality before a leadership transition next year.

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