Ministry bans 120 obscene, violent songs from websites

Source:Xinhua-Global Times Published: 2015-8-11 0:48:02

The Ministry of Culture on Monday released a blacklist of 120 songs that "trumpet obscenity, violence, crime or harm social morality," and ordered website administrators to remove them from their sites.

With titles such as "Beijing Hooligans," "Don't Want to Go to School" and "Suicide Diary," the banned songs were described as "having severely problematic content" which violate an online cultural management regulation, according to a ministry statement.

Songs by popular entertainers such as Taiwan rap singer MC Hotdog and pop singers Chang Csun Yuk and Stanley Huang were also on the blacklist.

It was the first time in history that the Ministry of Culture  has released such a blacklist.

"No unit or individual is allowed to provide [these songs]," the statement read, adding that the songs had breached the 16th clause of the Internet Culture Management Regulation .

The blacklist will serve as a reference for online administrators to ensure their content is legal, said Liu Qiang, a ministry official in charge of the cultural market.

Liu noted the list will be updated in the future.

According to the ministry statement, any website or person that refuses to remove the songs on the blacklist per the ministry's request will be severely punished.

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