China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism has added gambling mentions to its new blacklist, which bans certain songs from the country’s nearly 50,000 karaoke events.
Karaoke locations required to update lists before October 1st
China’s karaoke venues must update their song lists by removing those with “illegal content” October 1, China Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MCT) announced today. The order almost challenges the country 50,000 entertainment offers to review their music library, each with over 100,000 songs, as part of government action against potentially harmful music content.
Gambling References, along with texts that are spreading, fall under the new requirements Profanity, violence, and other criminal activity. The blacklist will also include songs that “incite ethnic hatred and discrimination, endanger national security, or damage national honor and interests, or violate the state’s religious policy”.
China has also previously banned songs from karaoke events. In 2015 the ministry launched a Catalog with 120 songs that “contains content that promotes sex, violence or crime, or violates public morals”. Various pieces, including “Beijing Hooligans”, “Suicide Diary” and “Don’t want to go to school”, had to be removed from music streaming sites and karaoke venues within 15 days, otherwise sellers were threatened with an unspecified one “Severe punishment”. . ”
The new rules only allow “Healthy” songs the “Promote positive energy” be played in the entertainment venues. In addition, the government encourages institutions to promote songs that support the ruling party’s agenda.
China’s crackdown on illegal gambling activities
China has a long history of fighting illegal cross-border gambling. At a special meeting to combat cross-border gambling in April State Councilor and Minister of Public Security Zhao Kezhi outlined further plans to counter this activity.
Minister Kezhi said China would destroy Fundraising and player acquisition networksand take action against companies that provide internet services for online gambling sites. Plans to curb gambling activities include Uncovering online payment platforms that are part of gambling and fraudulent fund services. In addition, Kezhi threatened government officials who participated in and sheltered gambling groups with severe penalties.
At the meeting, the ministry highlighted the investigation into 17,000 cross-border gambling and related cases, in which nearly 110,000 suspects were arrested. The operations also resulted in the breakdown of over 3,400 online gambling platforms, as well as about 2,800 illegal payment platforms and underground banks.