China: 120 songs banned for promoting obscenity and violence

12 August 2015

On 10 August 2015, China released a blacklist of songs claiming they promote obscenity or violence and ordered website administrators to remove them from their sites, according to Xinhua News Agency.

The order from the Ministry of Culture accompanied a list of 120 songs that trumpeted “obscenity, violence, crime or harmed social morality”.

The list contains Chinese-language songs, some by household names in China, including Taiwanese pop singer Chang Csun-yuk and Taiwanese actor Stanley Huang.

Xinhua said the list would be updated regularly.

On 12 August 2015, the ministry said the ban was also effective for entertainment venues, live performances, and audio-visual publications.

“Karaoke systems are forbidden from providing blacklisted songs or their music videos; for-profit performances should not use these songs; Internet service venues are not allowed to download, copy, release or spread them; audio-visual and electronic publications should not include them,” the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry set 25 August 2015 as the deadline for the removal of the banned songs, with unspecified ‘severe punishment’ for those failing to comply.

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