Chinese Authorities Say Stricter Film, TV Censorship "Will Be the Norm"
According to state media, Chinese authorities have pledged to make stricter film and television censorship the “new normal.”
The position was declared in the new “Guidelines on Deepening the Comprehensive Reform of the Film and TV Industry to Promote their Healthy Development,” one of 10 documents reviewed and ratified last week at a meeting of Central Commission for Deepening Overall Reform. Chaired by President Xi Jinping, the body is responsible for dictating policy guidelines for the country’s economic, political and cultural reform.
1905 Film, an outlet affiliated with one of China’s state-run broadcasting channels, said in an analysis posted to its social media account that the ability to align oneself with the country’s ideological goals will now “become the basis for employment.”
1905 Film gave no further information about specific reforms or measures, however such proclamations issued by Chinese authorities are often purposefully vague and provide an indication of which way the official winds are blowing. In a somewhat related maneuver, China put the Communist Party’s Propaganda Bureau in charge of the nation’s film industry last year—which is quite horrifying considering how strikingly similar that is to what Nazi Germany did—which analysts see as a means of tightening control over the already strictly censored medium.