Source AP ©

China bans all sexually suggestive advertising on radio and TV

China has banned all sexually suggestive advertising on radio and television, state media reported Wednesday, in the latest media clampdown ahead of the country's biggest Communist Party meeting in five years.

"Commercials featuring suggestive language or behavior or featuring scantily dressed women are detrimental to society," the China Daily said.

The government has already tightened its grip on television and radio programs over the last several months ahead of next month's Communist Party congress, a twice-a-decade meeting to appoint some senior leaders and set major policies.

China Daily cited the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, or SARFT, which last week issued strict rules for TV talent shows, banning "American Idol"-style mass audience voting by mobile phone text message and the Internet and forcing the programs out of prime time.

The latest ban includes commercials and programs involving sex-related health supplements, sex toys and advertisements for products and operations to enlarge or enhance women's breasts.

Earlier this month, SARFT ordered 11 radio shows off the air in southern and central China for talking too explicitly about sex or broadcasting material of an "extreme pornographic nature."

Radio talk shows about romance, sex and other personal matters are hugely popular in China, but producers sometimes run afoul of conservative Communist regulators.

Earlier this year, regulators banned television shows about cosmetic surgery and sex changes and a talent show that they deemed coarse.

Comments
Russia unveils nuclear-powered interstellar spaceship
Capital outflow from Russia sets new records
Putin prepares bitter and hysterical missile surprise to 'American partners'
Putin prepares bitter and hysterical missile surprise to 'American partners'
Austria will not ruin its friendship with Russia despite spy scandal
The difference between Polish and Ukrainian nationalism is plain to see
Russia unveils nuclear-powered interstellar spaceship
The difference between Polish and Ukrainian nationalism is plain to see
Russia loses nuclear-capable cruise missile in Barents Sea. US intelligence finds it
Russia loses nuclear-capable cruise missile in Barents Sea. US intelligence finds it
Russia loses nuclear-capable cruise missile in Barents Sea. US intelligence finds it
Russia loses nuclear-capable cruise missile in Barents Sea. US intelligence finds it
Capital outflow from Russia sets new records
Russia close to recognising Donetsk and Luhansk republics after Donbass elections
Russia's game in Libya
US midterm elections: Impeachment unlikely, Russophobia getting stronger
Capital outflow from Russia sets new records
Russian PM threatens not to go to World Economic Forum in Davos
Russian PM threatens not to go to World Economic Forum in Davos
Russia close to recognising Donetsk and Luhansk republics after Donbass elections
Presidential and midterm elections in the USA change the 'American project' entirely