CCP to Bar Songs With ‘Illegal Content’ From China’s Karaoke Venues

By Reuters
August 12, 2021 Updated: August 12, 2021

SHANGHAI—The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will establish a blacklist of karaoke songs to ban those containing “illegal content” at karaoke venues across the country starting from Oct. 1, its Ministry of Culture and Tourism said on Tuesday.

Such content includes that which endangers “national unity” under the Party’s totalitarian rule, sovereignty or territorial integrity, violates the atheistic Party’s religious policies by propagating what it considers “cults or superstitions,” or which encourages illegal activities such as gambling and drugs, according to the ministry’s website.

Content providers to such karaoke venues will be responsible for auditing the songs, it said, adding that China has nearly 50,000 entertainment outlets with a basic music library of over 100,000 songs.

This could make it difficult for venue operators to identify illegal tracks.

The ministry said it encouraged content providers to supply what the Party would consider “healthy and uplifting” music to these venues.

The CCP heavily regulates and maintains departments that scrub content like violence, pornography, or politically sensitive commentary from Chinese social media and websites, while requiring international websites to remove politically sensitive information for China-based viewers.

In recent months, authorities have punished individuals involved in livestreaming content to video platforms that the Party deems “low taste.”

By Brenda Goh. The Epoch Times contributed to this article.