Beijing wants to fight “unhealthy culture” of young Chinese

Xi Jinping’s regime does not only want to control the time that young Chinese people spend in front of their screens and on their video game consoles. He also wants to control what they watch and what they play. Censorship is orchestrated very early on, says Lianhe Zaobao, a Chinese-language daily from Singapore.

The earthquake currently shaking the entertainment world in China [Voir encadré ci-dessous] extended its shock wave to that of 2D. There is now increased pressure for the “turnaround” of online video games and cartoons.

According to a document intended for professionals, the Beijing Municipality’s Propaganda Department organized [en septembre] training sessions for online game operators, to inform them of the latest censorship requirements. Video games are not “More than pure entertainment”, but they now also have an artistic function, and as such must be appreciated in the light of the values ​​they convey.

Clear “wrong values”

Are, therefore, prohibited games giving primacy to money, or those which modify at will “Well-established historical figures”. Drawing inspiration from and promoting Japanese culture is outlawed, lest players end up “Know the history of Japan better than theirs”. In addition, characters are banned [que les autorités chinoises considèrent comme] effeminate – with makeup, demeanor and voice reminiscent of those of women – those who engage in “Bad activities”, such as assassins, killers, big guns or pirates, and characters who smoke, drink alcohol, go to pubs, or have tattoos.

This recovery began with the limitation, on August 30, of the access of minors to online games to only one hour on weekends and holidays. Then on September 8, the Propaganda Department and Internet Information Bureau summoned officials from Tencent, NetEase and other online gaming companies and streaming platforms. After reminding them of the importance of the fight against


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Cultivation under close surveillance

It is one of the facets of the campaign of “Common prosperity” that Xi Jiping launched to reduce the influence of the rich and powerful in China, and in so doing, inequality. The regime set out to severely reframe the entertainment industry, accused of spreading the cult of king money and corrupting the youth. For example, for example, actress Zhao Wei, as well-known as she is wealthy, was suddenly erased from the Chinese Internet last August: her name was banned from social networks, her films and series have disappeared from certain platforms. streaming. This summer, Beijing also launched a campaign against “fan culture” and a celebrity cult described as “toxic”. Among other things, he banned the publication, on social networks, of lists that classify stars, songs or even films according to criteria other than purely “Professionals”.


The title was born out of the 1983 merger of two former Singaporean newspapers, Nanyang Siang Pau and Sin Chew. Today one of the most widely read in the region and the city-state’s leading Chinese-language daily, it belongs to Singapore


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