Last week, media regulators in Beijing notified China’s online video platforms that they’ll have to get rid of four, U.S.-made television shows. As reported by Variety, the recent action could mean an all around tightening on China’s internet, especially when it comes to Western content.
The media regulators, who go by the mouthful of a name, State Administration of Press Publication Radio Film & Television, also recently denied Sina.com of two video broadcast licenses it was previously allowed. The website hosts videos among other content ranging from dating to travel, but the license revocations were because the platform screened “lewd and pornographic content.” Sina.com has since apologized to the public for its actions.
The four American shows now banned on Chinese video platforms include “The Big Bang Theory,” “The Good Wife,” “NCIS,” and “The Practice.” Chinese websites are mandated to eliminate these shows immediately.
China’s always been known for strict internet regulation. Emails from the U.S. often don’t make it through to correspondents in China due to its sensitive screening process. Censorship remains a relevant matter when it comes to Chinese movie script approval, and again before the actual movie’s release (just in case they’ve erred to much from the script).
With much of the censorship targeting content of the sort for which Sina.com was penalized, it remains unclear why those four, particular U.S. shows were banned.