#China TV overhaul announced today banning mass "vote him/her off the island" type voting. Only a live audience can make selections. Shows training young performers to be stars: banned. Actors with "incorrect" political views: banned. "Effeminate" style male actors: banned.
There was a popular idol talent show here in #China which required fans to buy sponsored products in order to vote for their favourite young star. This led to some fans buying and then throwing out massive amounts of yoghurt. This type of voting is now prohibited.
"Sissy" men, "vulgar influencers" and those with "lapsed morals" have been banned from television shows in #China. Programme makers have been urged to steer away from "abnormal aesthetics" and inflating the pay of stars.
On the other hand, TV programmers in #China have been encouraged to vigorously promote traditional Chinese culture and "advanced socialist culture". The public should be guided on the "correct" political direction and correct values via "spiritual leadership".
At the moment, barely a day goes by without one sector or another of the Chinese economy / Chinese society being overhauled by the Communist Party. It's been hard to keep up with all the changes in #China recently and I'm doing it for my job.
In terms of banning the television "sissy boys" in #China, many of the programmes being targeted here have been modelled on Korean television, Korean K-pop boys etc. #Korea #SouthKorea
In terms of banning the television "sissy boys" in #China, many of the programmes being targeted here have been modelled on Korean and Japanese television, Korean K-pop boys etc. #Korea #SouthKorea #Japan
The Party under Xi Jinping has been on a morality crusade of late reaching into many areas of society: today's TV regulations; limiting young gamers to 3 specific hours per week; discouraging "effeminate" models of masculinity; pushing "Xi Jinping" thought into schools etc.

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30 Aug
The authorities in #China have today announced that for, anyone under 18 years old, they're to be limited to playing online games to only 3 hours a week! Plus only these 3 hours: 8 til 9 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There will be Chinese teenagers flipping out right now!
This, apparently, will be enforced in #China by making gamers use real name registration and require face scans.
It's been announced that there will be inspections of game companies in conjunction with #China's new 3 hours per week limit on gaming for those under 18. There had previously been limits but now there are only three specific hours per week in which youths can play games.
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#China’s Party-controlled press is now furiously busy scrubbing its reports regarding Swiss biologist “Wilson Edwards” said to be embroiled in a @WHO #covid scandal however...
The statement from #Switzerland’s Embassy in #China regarding “Wilson Edwards”...
A Google search shows the @globaltimesnews piece aaaaaand the page now...
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Canadian Robert Shellenberg has lost an appeal & faces execution in #China for trying to smuggle drugs to #Australia. The Canadian Ambassador said it was "no coincidence" his verdict was announced while the extradition hearing of #China's Meng Wanzhou is on in #Canada.
Shellenberg first received a 15-year prison sentence after being charge with drug smuggling. However - following the detention of #Huawei's Meng Wanzhou in #Canada on a #US extradition request - the Canadian was "re-tried" and then instead given the death penalty.
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#China v #USA a great game of water polo on today at the Olympics. They’re going goal for goal.
6-6 at half time. Great match!
Still 6 all in the third quarter!
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There have been threats of violence and personal family-targeted abuse send to the private phones of those working in the foreign media as part of this clearly-orchestrated campaign of harassment, especially focusing on the BBC. This followed reporting on the #Henan floods.
You have to ask why organs of the Communist Party are doing this given that the reporting I’ve seen would appear to engender sympathy for the people of #Henan. What it would it would seem to show is that there’s something to hide or something to distract from there? #China
Should read: There have been threats of violence + personal family-targeted abuse sent to the private phones of those working in the foreign media as part of a clearly-orchestrated campaign of harassment, especially focusing on the BBC. This followed reporting on #Henan’s floods.
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There’s been an orchestrated campaign against the foreign media in #Zhengzhou, fuelled by the Communist Youth League. So the strategy to try to make it a patriotic duty to harass those doing real reporting to distract from criticism of bad infrastructure not coping with flooding?
The Communist Party is very good at manufacturing “outrage” in #China and social media is used because then it can all be chalked up to the supposedly spontaneous response of “netizens” whoever the hell they are.
Kind of amazing how the “netizens” who are blocked from seeing the BBC because their government doesn’t trust them suddenly have access to the BBC when it’s time for them to “express their anger”.
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