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SAPPRFT Plans to Introduce New Regulations on Foreign Audio-Visual Products

Well-known Chinese news site Sohu recently published the draft version of the new regulations on bringing in and distributing foreign audio-visual products. The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television (SAPPRFT) released the draft not long ago to tighten up the control over the market for foreign entertainment content. The (draft) New Regulations now ban any broadcasting of foreign programs between 7 P.M.  and 10 P.M. unless the central government specifically approves. Foreign content cannot take up more than 30 percent of broadcast time during the day in its category. This applies to online broadcasting as well. Local governments will be fined if they are found to have allowed satellite based foreign content to be delivered locally. Domestic audio-visual content providers will be fined if their programs reveal foreign content provider logos, advertisements or related sounds and pictures. Also, foreigners participating in domestic programs are required to “promote core socialist values.”

Source: Sohu, September 20, 2018

CNA: China Plans to Create New Regulations to Restrict Online Religious Information

The primary Taiwanese news agency CNA (The Central News Agency) recently reported that the China National Religious Affairs Bureau is introducing a draft proposal under the name of Administrative Regulations of Internet Religious Information Services. The draft was published on September 10 for general public comments. The full set of the Regulations contains 35 items. The essence of the new Regulations is to require that the provincial or above government must issue a permit before any individual or organization can publish religious information online. Another new restriction is to require the requester to have Chinese citizenship or the requesting organization must be a registered Chinese organization headed by a Chinese citizen. Foreign individuals and organizations are banned from providing any religious information services online. The permit will expire after three years. The new Regulations also restrict the allowed religious “services.” For example, the service cannot “incite” under-aged youth to participate in any religious activities. The service cannot feed live or recorded text, audio or video content about burning incense, ordination, chanting, worship, mass, and receiving baptism. All publishers must use their real names.

Source: CNA, September 11, 2018

Hong Kong Billionaire Businessman Tortured to Death in China While in Custody

Hong Kong Central News Agency quoted Sing Tao Daily and reported that, on March 19, 2017, Hong Kong billionaire businessman Liu Xiyong allegedly died during an interrogation while he was in custody. Liu was arrested in March of 2017 for bribery. A copy of the court indictment paper circulating on the internet cited seven prosecutors who were involved in Liu’s case. They were accused of “extorting a confession by torture, negligence of duty, and intentional assault.” The case is currently being tried in the Tianjing Intermediate Court. The court paper stated that, during the four days while Liu was in custody, he was only allowed to rest for two hours. He spent the rest of the time tied up in the interrogation chair. The autopsy report indicated that a number of torture methods were used on Liu. He suffered a broken sternum and fractured ribs and he died of suffocation.

Liu Xiyong, 60 years old, was from Fuzhou, Fujian Province. He was among the first group of students in the mainland to have studied abroad where he attended Harvard University. He obtained a permanent resident status in Hong Kong and became the agent representing three major US chain stores on the mainland:  Walmart, JC Penney, and Sears. He was also the clothing supplier for JC Penny. Liu owned the Hong Kong Junyi hotel and the Hong Kong Xin Liji International Group and was a “financial crocodile” with billions of dollars in assets. In November 2016, Liu Xiyong was wanted for making fraudulent loans from the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China for more than 200 million Hong Kong dollars (US$25 million). He was detained in Beijing initially and was secretly transferred to the Yanbian Prefecture Detention Center in Jilin Province in March 2017. On March 19, Liu died during the investigation of the Jilin Yanbian State Procuratorate. Liu’s death is speculated to have had deep political connections. Liu’s wife, Li Fangfei, is a famous TV host for CCTV. An online posting also disclosed that the media has been instructed not to report, forward, or comment on the trial.

1. Central News Agency, September 8, 2018
2. Have8.TV, September 9, 2018

BBC: Tencent Launched System to Limit Children’s Online Game Playing

BBC reported that Tencent, the Chinese technology giant, responded to the national trend of combating online game addiction and will implement a strict new regulation to identify young game players. Starting in mid-September, Tencent will require players of “King of Glory” to register in their system with their real names, which will tie them to the database that the Public Security Bureau maintains. The system has the ability to identify the young players and limit their play time. Tencent published a notice which stated that it will limit the play time for children less than 12 to one hour and children 13 to 18 will be limited to two hours. Their system will make it easier to identify younger players more accurately so they can “better guide younger players to play games sensibly.” This move sets a precedent in the world’s largest gaming market.

“King of Glory” is a popular competitive game based on Chinese historical figures. The game is tailored to the mobile platform, which greatly increases its popularity as many young players don’t have a game controller or a personal computer at home. The game program is free for players to download, but the player needs to pay to upgrade the characters or to upgrade the level of difficulty of the game. China’s official media People’s Daily criticized the game last year, saying the game is addictive like poison. Xi Jinping also mentioned that these type of games cause damage to children’s vision. Recently, after it was sold on the market, another online game that Tencent launched, “Monster Hunter World,” was banned for unknown reasons. Chinese officials have previously banned a number of online games for their violent, drug, or sexual contents.

Source: BBC, September 7, 2018

Authorities Set Up Website to Stamp out Rumors

China recently launched a web platform, dedicated to clarifying and battling online rumors. Last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping asked to build a bright and clear cyberspace.

The platform ( encourages netizens to report online rumors. It is also connected with Weibo and WeChat platforms by setting up corresponding accounts. Weibo is the Chinese counterpart of a Twitter like service, while WeChat is a popular Chinese multi-purpose messaging, social media, and mobile payment app.

The official media said that the campaigns to battle rumors are based upon the official news media, which reports the “truth facts.”

An officially released video trailer said that rumors “violate individual freedom, trigger social fears, affect the stock market, and impact the economy.” “The rumors also blaspheme revolutionary heroes.”

China has stepped up judicial punishment for spreading rumors, with the highest penalty being up to seven years in prison. Earlier, the officials warned that, if 5,000 netizens read a rumor and reposted it more than 500 times, there would also be the danger of a jail term.

The platform is a direct subsidiary of the state cyber regulating authority and is connected with the official Xinhua News Agency. It has consolidated more than 40 online similar websites to investigate and suppress rumors more effectively and to search for the source of rumors or manufacturers of false information more effectively.

Source: Radio France International, August 30, 2018

Another Medical Scandal in China: Children Injected With Expired Saline Solution

The recent vaccine case dealt a heavy blow to the public’s confidence in Chinese hospitals. In a new development, a hospital recently reported that several children have been injected with expired physiological saline solution.

A child in Jiangxi province was sent to a local hospital due to physical discomfort. The hospital administered him with an intravenous injection. Accidentally, the parents found out that the physiological saline the hospital had injected had expired. The effective period of the solution was until July. Further investigation revealed that more than 30 bottles of physiological saline in the hospital’s pediatrics department are yet un-used. The hospital claimed it was “workplace negligence.”

Another parent, finding out that his child was also injected with expired saline solution, complained to the hospital about the issue. Surprisingly, the hospital, which is not the same as the previous one, responded that it is not a problem.

Although the hospital personnel were swiftly punished, the scandals, breaking out one after another, have resulted in the Chinese people being furious. People have vented their anger on the Internet:

“Where is their conscience? Or is it this their attitude toward other people’s kids?”

“If the expired drug is fine, then inject these unscrupulous hospital personnel with it every day.”

“Absolutely not workplace negligence. The near-expiration and expired medicine is cheap and the commission on sale is, simply, appealing.”

Source: Liberty Times, August 26, 2018

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