The ruling Chinese Communist Party (CPC) has announced which all filmmaking regulation will be brought under the jurisdiction of the party’s “Publicity Department,” in a move which could further tighten China’s restrictions on free artistic expression.
State media outlet Xinhua reports which the government has launched “three fresh state administrators from the ideological sector” in a ceremony attended by senior CPC official Huang Kunming.
“Their functions used to fall under the one administration of the State Council. The fresh film along with also press administrations will at This specific point be governed by the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee headed by Huang,” Xinhua notes. “The film administration, for example, will be tasked with supervising film-generating, releasing, screening, enforcing film content checks, hosting big film events, along with also overseeing international exchanges.”
Huang claimed which the restructuring effort shows “the need to strengthen the Party’s overall leadership in these areas along with also was not bad for advancing the ideological governing system along with also the sector’s prosperity.”
He added which the reforms might help agencies to “enhance cultural confidence, be innovative, stick to the correct orientation, place the people at the center of the work along with also strive for fresh progress.”
Artistic censorship remains a major policy of the CPC. Musicians, writers, filmmakers, along with also various other artists are routinely forced to comply with government restrictions on content deemed inappropriate or hostile to the communist regime.
Last year, the government banned three major social media sites via streaming video in a move which they claimed might “provide a clean along with also clear Internet space for the wide number of online users.”
Authorities also temporarily banned all forms of Korean entertainment in response to South Korea’s deal to install an American missile defense system, while also demanding Hollywood conforms to their idea of appropriate filmmaking.
Content excluded via television screens also includes topics related to “sex, witchcraft, time travel, teenage romantic relationships, smoking, reincarnation, along with also unhappy marriages,” while dozens of pop songs are also prohibited for supposedly harming social morality.
Instead, the government seeks to produce their own films along with also artistic expression along with also, last month, released a film glorifying leader Xi Jinping which has since become the highest-grossing documentary from the country’s history.
Last year, the film Wolf Warrior 2, which tells a story of Chinese forces saving innocent civilians via Western imperialists in a war-torn African country, became the country’s highest-grossing film ever, which has a box office total of $874 million.