China will soon enact a new censorship law banning contents relating to preaching terrorism and mandating clearance of a film by three experts besides asking film personalities to abide by moral integrity. The draft of the law aiming to promote the development of the Chinese film industry is being reviewed by China’s legislature the National People’s Congress (NPC), state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
The draw legislation includes rules stipulating people in the film sector to abide by laws as well as social and professional ethics. The bill was submitted for a second reading NPC Standing Committee which sits from Monday to Saturday.
NPC routinely approves proposals from the government vetted by the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC). According to the draft, people working in the movie industry, including actors and directors, should strive for “excellence in both professional skills and moral integrity,” and build good public images.
Chinese film world was rocked by a series of scandals in the recent past as some actors were involved in consumption of drugs. A number of film stars including Chinese Hollywood star Jackie Chan’s son Jaycee Chan were caught in drug scandals.
The draft law also stresses that film distribution companies and cinemas should not fabricate movie screenings and ticket sales or take other improper means. This followed reports that Chinese film firms tried to inflate revenues with fake shows to inflate box office earnings to claim success.
Those involved in skullduggery will be liable for administrative punishments, including fines up to half a million yuan, business suspension or revocation of business licenses, the draft law said. The new draft cancels government qualification approvals for film shooting while adds a provision stipulating that film authorities should issue archive-filing certifications or permits to prospective scripts or abstracts.
The revised version provides that films shall not contain any content preaching terrorism and extremism, and films shall be reviewed by at least three experts. Warnings should be given to viewers, if films contain materials that might cause psychological or physical discomfort to viewers, such as minors, the draft added.