A spokesman for the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) announced yesterday that some original drama series and films on video websites like Youku.com and Tudou.com don’t meet government censorship standards and contain unacceptable dirty language, violence and sex. Read more
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Today, most newspapers in China feature the country’s slowing CPI growth rate on the front page. CPI (Consumer Price Index) is the primary measure of inflation in China, and the fact that it is slowing suggests China’s economy is in fact slowing down. The June CPI grew by only 2.2 % compared to the CPI for this period last year, which is the slowest rate China has seen in 29 months. The Chongqing Economic Times said this offers a perspective on China’s economy as a whole and the fact that the central bank suddenly cut interest rates last weekend suggests the slowdown in economic growth may be more serious than the government expected.
Meanwhile the Oriental Guardian decided to take a different direction and dedicated their front page to a large photo of a Michelangelo’s “David Apollo” statue (the less famous “David”) with a television set over his penis, pixilating the image. The headline reads “You can see it in a museum, but not on TV.” Read more
The Beijing Daily is a commercial daily controlled by city authorities and usually considered a Party paper. Today the top headline is that 70 million square meters worth of residential housing in Beijing will be reinsulated and fitted with energy-saving technology. This will save about 700,000 tons of coal per year, and will go a long way in achieving the environmental goals laid out in the 12th Five Year Plan. The picture shows the owners of one newly upgraded household admiring their new government-issued fan.
Yet by far the most interesting thing in today’s Beijing Daily is inside the paper: an editorial titled, “Chinese media interested in negative news have been seduced into wrongdoing by Western concepts.” The article explains that many of the negative reports circulating recently, about food safety, doctor-patient conflicts, construction quality, official corruption and other hot topics are damaging society. They create the illusion that all food in China is poisonous, all products rubbish, and all public officers bad…just because the media wants to create eye-catching news. In reality, China has achieved remarkable development and progress and has caught the whole world’s attention with its success. Read more
The front page of today’s People’s Daily features the article, “Internet rumors harm people and harm our society. The public must not believe or transmit rumors.” Unlike most of the state media reports on Internet rumors, this one actually lists ten cases of Internet rumors that have harmed society in recent years:
This morning, a reader drew my attention to an article on Danwei:
Alongside the movement for a “civilized” Internet, the anti-Super Girls campaign seems to be picking up steam as well. China Times published an interview yesterday with Liu Zhongde, one of the most outspoken critics of the Super Girls phenomenon.
The origins of Chinese erotica and pornography can be traced way back into antiquity. Though remnants have been found dating from as early as the 1st century, production of erotic artwork appears to have properly flourished around the 10th century and reached its peak during the late Ming Dynasty (17th century).