China's new film censorship laws would, at first blush, be enough to make a director cry.
Movies must not promote gambling, superstition, drug abuse, violence nor teach criminal methods. What's more they should "serve the people and socialism". The horror!
So will this mean the end of great Chinese cinema and the drowning of dwindling audiences in sea of dull, paternalistic fare?
The practical application of Chinese law can be difficult to grasp at the best of times.
When the National People's Congress Standing Committee recently passed this law governing film promotion it seemed like yet another crackdown on free expression under the current administration..................Read more
Source: BBC News