BEIJING: China passed a restrictive and long-discussed film law on Monday banning content deemed harmful to the “dignity, honor and interests” of the People’s Republic and encouraging the promotion of “socialist core values”.
Booming box-office receipts have drawn Hollywood studios and a growing Chinese filmmaking industry into fierce competition for the Asian giant’s movie market, which PricewaterhouseCoopers projects will rise from $4.3 billion in 2014 to $8.9 billion in 2019 — outstripping the US.
The new set of laws govern the promotion of the film industry and were approved by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee at their meeting in the capital on Monday.
The law forbids content that stirs up opposition to the law or constitution, harms national unity, sovereignty or territorial integrity, exposes national secrets, harms Chinese security, dignity, honor or interests, or spreads terrorism or extremism.
Also banned are subjects that “defame the people’s excellent cultural traditions”, incite ethnic hatred or discrimination or destroy ethnic unity.