China bans 120 ‘harmful’ songs online

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BEIJING: China has ordered 120 songs to be pulled from the Internet, including tracks titled “Don’t Want to Go to School” and “All Must Die” because they promoted sex, violence or “incited law-breaking,” authorities said. Most of the blacklisted tunes were by unknown singers or bands but had striking titles, including “No Money No Friend” and “Suicide Diary”, a list attached to the statement showed. The list provided “specific targets for Internet organizations’ self-censorship”, the ministry said, adding companies should “remove the products accurately, be aware of the bottom line and improve their service.” China’s Communist Party oversees a vast censorship system — dubbed the Great Firewall — that aggressively blocks sites or snuffs out content and commentary that is pornographic, violent or deemed politically sensitive.

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