Chinese authorities will create a blacklist of karaoke songs that contain “illegal content.” It is reported by The guardian, with reference to the statement of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the country.
Compositions that threaten national unity, sovereignty or territorial integrity of the state will be banned. The Chinese government intends to tightly regulate “tasteless” content that promotes religious beliefs and superstitions, encourages gambling and drug trafficking.
The new regulations will primarily affect track providers. They will be responsible for auditing the songs. The basic music library, which is in almost 50 thousand institutions in China, consists of more than 100 thousand compositions. This makes it very difficult for operators to identify illegal music. However, the authorities said they would encourage the performance of “healthy and uplifting” songs.
Earlier in China, Hong Kong police arrested five publishers of children’s stories for inciting mutiny. Law enforcement officials said that the book published by the accused about wolves and sheep “incited hatred of the city government among young people.” The detained men between the ages of 25 and 28 belonged to the Speech Therapists Union. They face up to two years in prison. At the same time, the police said that the actions of the employees “are based on evidence and have nothing to do with a political position.”